I was in a conversation in a men’s group I participate in on Tuesday mornings at St. Monica Catholic Church and the “way” someone in the group related a very common phrase struck me this past week. He said “if I had taken the other fork in the road, I would have never been the father of Sheila’s children (his wife’s name is Sheila).” What struck me was the fact that his choice of language shifted the focus to someone else entirely. Naturally, we default to focusing on ourselves. How I’m used to saying and hearing this phrase is “I would never have been the father of five children” or something to that effect. Another person is rarely mentioned in our personal statements…

Most people know about using specific words or phrases to keep the focus on others, but how many times do we shift the whole focus of a personal statement to another?

Had I taken another fork in the road, I would never have been the CEO of my team’s firm…

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