Know Understand and Act

We have talked about understanding the problem.  We have spoken of knowing.  We need to understand one more thing.  The indispensable part I am thinking of is actually being there.  And, no matter how many books you read or YouTubes you watch, you will never understand or know until you are on the ground working with others and trying to make something better.

Books can only tell you what was in the past.  Videos can only show you what the person recording was interested in.  If you are going to make a difference, you need to be with the people and where the change needs to take place.  Anything done only in your head is not really done at all, at least not in the real world.

You must be there, working with others, and understanding the problems to actually know what needs to be done.  Until you gain first-hand knowledge, how do you really know what has to happen to make something better than it was?  You may want to, but not being there, you will not know if your ideas are a hit or a miss.

You do not need a lot of money.  Others have done great deeds with next to nothing.  You do not need a throng of thousands, the real work is often done by small cadres.  We have seen that going back thousands of years.  Violence will never work.  The movements that truly last are built on peace.

 What you need is to be there, understanding, knowledge, and action.  I understand that faith without actions is dead. If you have dreams and desires to help others, do not let them die waiting to act. 

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Working Out the Kinks

We all have times when something starts to hurt or fail to work.  Maybe the coffee pot goes on the fritz and does not put out enough coffee at a warm enough temperature.  It could be the car that is making a rattling sound every time you turn a corner. Possibly it is the back and abs that hurt after a fitful night’s unrest in bed. Whatever it is, you have two choices: accept it as the way things are or get curious and start asking questions until you understand enough to do something about it.

I lead with acceptance because that is where most people start.  Annoyance and acceptance.  Everything is just getting older.  Give it more time to warm up.  You just have to accept you are not a spring chicken.  It starts to sound like you are just giving up. 

After you work your way through the thorns and excuses, many will turn to option two and start to ask questions.  How long have we had this machine? Exactly what is making that sound, and will it fall off in traffic?  Why am I hurting, and can it be cured?  Now you are looking at fixes rather than mere acceptance.

I would recommend that we should all (yes, I am as guilty as the next person) swap the two choices. Get inquisitive first and hold off on acceptance as a very last resort.  We are going to end up curious anyway, and finding things out sooner than later can save money and frustration.  If a fix is possible, getting it done early-on will keep the problems from deteriorating further and costing more.  If the item has failed, go find a sale or get something that really makes you happy.

When these types of problems come along, and they usually will at some point, you can be complacent and miserable, or you can reach out and take action.  The latter will generally make you feel better.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Do or Do Not

I have to start off today with an apology. I wrote a fantastic blog yesterday, which my computer locked up, dropped, and lost as soon as I completed it and started the save process. This is not the first time I have been foiled by electronic technology. And I am sure it will probably not be the last. Yet, I cannot merely leave it at that point.

First off, electronic technology problems are a side issue. I take full responsibility for not delivering your blog to you yesterday. I assure you that I will take more productive steps in the future to ensure your blogs are ready to be sent and will be in place when you wish to read them.

Secondly, and I have just had a poignant demonstration of this very recently, complaining, never gets anything done.  Doing consists of the actions you take after you realize only because you complain, a fix usually does not instantly and magically appear.

If you want something done, it is up to you to help determine and understand the root cause. With the root cause found, a permanent fix can be developed and implemented. With the problem permanently fixed, it gives you more time for things other than worrying and complaining.

Of course, if you are actually looking for peace and quiet, you may have something with the complaining. If you complain that long enough, loud enough, pretty soon no one will come around to talk to you or call you back when you call. The problem with the constant complaining is the harm it does to your blood pressure, possible aneurysms, and your overall health in general.

As a mean old Master Sergeant, please allow me to suggest that you take the steps of a wise old saying. Do something when you can, understand why it cannot be done if you cannot fix it, and have faith in yourself, and others, that you will be able to tell the difference. You could be like the man of old, always riding off to tilt at windmills, yet does that really fix anything? And you could fold up your tent, sneaking off in the middle of the night claiming that nothing could be corrected, but that would rob others of your ability to work at the things you could change.

I am not telling you what you should or should not or must do. Only you can know that for yourself. The choices are yours. You have to choose what is important enough for you to go tackle. And understand what your abilities to correct something actually are. As for me, I am going to work at ensuring my products meet my client’s expectations, and I can deliver them as promised.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

You Need to Act the Part

Often, we have great ideas. We have ideas of the books we want to write or the place that we want to build in the backyard for the kids. We are going to make great paintings or learn to knit or do something else that is memorable and long-lasting. And, we are very serious about it. The only problem is we never do anything, we only think about it.

Great ideas are only electrical impulses in our mind until we put action to them. The hardest part of any great idea is taking the first action. The first step of your journey, the first action in the knitting class, laying out where the swing set in the fort will go, or writing your first paragraph, all these are action steps. And these are also the hardest part of the task that you may face.

The reason that these will be the hardest is shown to us in physics. Something at rest stays there until acted on by outside forces. Also, it takes more energy to start a movement than it does to sustain the action. This is just one of those truths of the universe. And it equally seems to play at the start of all projects.

Some resistors to getting a project started are ensuring you have adequate time to do the project. You have the desire to do the project. And you have some capital you could put into the project. Other resistors are the television set, video games, the fishing pole, and naptime.

Sometimes to make something worthy of your plans and ideas, you need to sacrifice some of the lesser things to create for the greater good. We all do this from time to time, and those who do usually find these sacrifices are small compared to the good that actions do for themselves and others.

I cannot tell you what is truly good for you. Take a look around you. Look at your heroes, those you respect, and those who are taking actions that you appreciate. More than likely, these people have taken time to put thoughts and ideas into actions and accomplishments.

When everything is tallied up, shouldn’t you be counted in with the heroes, the respected, and those who you appreciate? It’s not that hard, take a step and start an action.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.