The Worst Punishment

Nothing To Do

I learned something important this week. Something that I had thought of in the back of my mind and was able to confirm through observation. And, I figured out what the worst of all punishments anyone can ever have. Nothing to do.

You may be thinking I need something to do myself, because of all the people who would love a little time with nothing to do. The truth is we were not built to be idle. When we have absolutely nothing to do, we tend to atrophy. I figured this out by observing our homeless population who have so much time and so little to do. If you go to a park and just sit and watch, you can start to understand.

The problem is that rather than thinking of what to do next, or positive endeavors, people with nothing to do often find themselves focused on the past.  When dealing with the past, remember the people and the lessons learned, and do not dwell on it.  You cannot change the past or make it better.  The times gone by are gone and behind you.

We need to consider ways to help those stuck in the past to shift to future thinking and ways to make the future a more positive experience. I am not sure exactly what the answer to this is, and I’m going to have to work on ideas which could help this population.

If you have any ideas, please share them. I believe this can be made better. I also think that there is no quick fix to this. We will have to face the problem one step at a time.

Author: Mike Balof

Mike Balof, MEd, develops intensive, interactive courses which have helped contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to better represent themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and to identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Mike now turns his talents to helping fellow veterans reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from months to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to retool and find the career they want. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities, and means with a full plate of options for learning.

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