Tires People often say, "Careful what you wish for."

What do they mean?

(And should they avoid ending a sentence with a preposition?)

They Think Your Wish Just Might Come True.
And then, boy oh boy — then you will be sorry, pal.

Like the dog chasing the car, snapping at the tires of the car, thinking "I want to bite this tire." (I suddenly know what dogs think. I am a latter day Dr. Dolittle.)

But the dog should be careful for what he wishes. For a mouth of tire on a moving car is a bloody and certain death. Or at least a powerful dog whuppin'.

Suddenly, I Find My Mouth Full Of Tire.
A few years ago, I decided that I should be a public speaker. That was my wish.

Now, I wake up today and look at the next week and see this:

This morning (10/17/09) — four hours on "Unleashing Creativity" — with top-achieving college students convened at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University for the KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Symposium.

Monday evening (10/19/09) — my weekly class at CCAD with 135 talented artists and designers. And you, too, if you want.

SummitUp Tuesday morning (10/20/09) — again I'm early on the day's agenda for some reason (perhaps I'm supposed to be the barking dog that wakes everyone up? — an hour on creativity at SummitUp, a daylong gathering of social media folks. (You can come to this, if you want. Just click on the link here — at SummitUp — and go to the right sidebar.)

Wednesday noon  (10/21/09) — I'm the lunchtime speaker for the Columbus Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. Topic: Rainmaking, how professional development is done by the best networking lawyers.

Wednesday evening (10/21/09) — back to beautiful Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, for a community wide (students, faculty, neighbors) workshop on creativity called "Creativity+You" in Olin Auditorium at 7 p.m. You can come to this. I think you don't even have to register. Just come. And be nice. (Let me know if you want a ride from Columbus. I could use some help navigating on the return trip.)

Saturday noon (10/24/09) — you can come to this, too, though I won't be "speaking." It's a casual indoor picnic for the 4,000 members of SpeakerSite. We'll meet at Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace for a Buy Your Own Weenie lunch. Since the vast majority of members of SpeakerSite are not going to be in Columbus (and the 200 who are in Columbus will probably be watching the Ohio State game of the week), this might be lunch with me, Rob Emrich (the creator and co-founder of SpeakerSite), and Catherine White (a celebrated speaker who has come from Sydney, Australia for this weenie). Here's the official invitation

I'm thrilled.

And prepared. (That's what I keep telling myself.)

So Why Be Careful What You Wish For?
Because your dream might just come true.

And you want to make sure the tire in your mouth suits you.

What Else Am I Wishing For?
For a few more donations to the Net Cotton Content/Kiva Portfolio.

More than $200 came in this past week from charitable donors. You can send as little as you like, and your name will appear on the Big List o' Donors.

More details here.