If you ever want to spot a Radiant Woman in the wild, you want to look for the woman who’s asking tough questions. Radiant Women know that inquiry is a tool designed to yield actionable information, and they wield it with great familiarity. That’s why Radiant Women tend to be at or approaching the top of their fields professionally. It’s also why they have strong, passionate relationships.
Alice Munro’s characters include many we would call Radiant Women. One of these, Fiona, appears in our favorite short story, “The Bear Came Over The Mountain”. She demonstrates how to ask a very important question in this passage:
“Do you think it would be fun — ” Fiona shouted. “Do you think it would be fun if we got married?”
Here’s a statistic that may surprise you. Among straight couples, only one in every twenty marriage proposals involves the woman asking the man to get married. 95% of the time, it’s the man who asks. Radiant Women appreciate tradition – but they’re also not afraid to create their own traditions.
Many of the Radiant Women who have told us they’ve popped the question have something in common with Fiona: they focused their inquiry on what really matters, the experience of spending a lifetime with the person they adore. Some have staged elaborate settings for their proposal, but most don’t. Instead, they wait for just the right moment to present itself and then move forward speaking their truth from their heart. Radiant Women have proposed on the beach, on the streets of NYC, Paris, and Chicago, as well as in the comfort of their own homes.
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