Sharing

We are all somewhere in our lives. We have all had positives in our lives. We have all had negatives in our lives. And because of these experiences, we have all learned. And part of that learning is sharing your knowledge with others. We all need to share the knowledge we have with those who are coming up the ladder of life behind us.

Just as the Master Sergeant helps the new troops making sure that they learn the customs and courtesies of military service, we all have a duty to look after and advise those growing in our industry, our culture, and our society. This is important. I could talk about those ignoring history forgetting it. I could talk about the sharing of accumulated knowledge as setting a base for each generation to go farther. However you look at it, when you do, you realize this is the right thing to do.

Just as those with knowledge reach out to help our younger novices who need the assistance, it is important for those young novices to pay heed. Those learning need to pay attention and when necessary ask. Again, it is the onus of the mentors to ensure a positive interaction which makes asking easier.

When you think about climbing a ladder, I have heard it said that we are all linked together. Imagine everyone on a ladder, some a little higher and some a little lower, yet as a group, the highest person on the letter cannot move up rung until the lowliest person on that ladder can also move up a rung. So, helping the people who are new to our areas of expertise actually helps us to be able to climb higher. It is imperative that we support them and each other.

I remember once when I was about four and a half, I help my younger brother by teaching him how to crawl up the stairs to the second floor. This gave him a new skill, and he could do new things. I did what I saw as a need and helped someone learn a new skill. I was there and ready to help those who were coming up behind me.

Everyone needs help, and everyone needs to give the help that they can. Each positive act allows another, and another.

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

Tell Me About It

It seems that we are more and more communicating with things and not with people. Phones have menus whose aim is to remove people and get you to the computer, or maybe a person, you need to work with faster. Our uninvited advertising calls are run by computers and computerized bots for the most part. And they are so good, that you can miss the fact you’re talking to a computer. With Cortona, Seri, Alexa, and all the other virtual assistants in our computers these days, we find ourselves talking even more to our computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Speaking with another human is becoming more of a rare indulgence.

I find our new communication with computers interesting. The lack of human interaction has grown to the point some organizations are now offering a listener. The listener interacts with clients by listening to whatever the client wishes to talk to him about. He does not initiate conversation or dominate the conversation. The listener does empathize with the client, asks questions, and can offer an idea. I believe the best thing that a listener can do is either ask a question which helps the person to find clarity in the situation or questions which help the client consider alternatives.

Many people when offered a listener to talk to, shy away. I think this is because they are afraid they’re going to be judged in some way. As we begin to lose human interaction with those around us, our imaginations sometimes take over, and we can find ourselves paranoid, worrying about who will judge us who will try to take advantage of us, and who will mock us. I believe these fears are evidence of the pain suffered when social beings are isolated. We see this in the incarcerated, the elderly, and the ostracized.

I can also tell you many aggressive, angry and antisocial people feel so much better and content after talking to some who have taken the time to listen. They see that they have been able to exchange ideas with another human being and honestly be heard. They often would like to know when they can come back and talk again.

If I may suggest, talk to each other from time to time.  You may find empathy with others, you may keep fears at bay, and you may see that you feel better and are a little more outgoing,

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

What We Do for Others

Once upon a time, when someone wished to limit interaction with others, there was a wide and vast frontier which they could disappear into. When our nation was younger, those seeking the solitary life could live and hunt and fish and rarely see others. As our nation has grown, we find it harder and harder to find such an alternative viable.

Today it is hard to do anything without having some effect on someone else. This is true whether it was talking to your neighbors, working at a job, or blogging on the Internet. Today, it is difficult to even get to anything left of that frontier without having to stop for either gas or electricity.

The question then is what do I do for others? I try to keep to the rule of doing for others as I would like someone to do for me. There is a lot of good in this, and yet sometimes there is some wrong and it also. Why? Because others aren’t me. And sometimes, what is right for me would be entirely wrong for someone else.

To better interact with all those around us, we should really get to know them. We take time to learn how to use a TV set so we can get the TV to give us the channels we want. If we get a new vehicle, take a drive to understand how it handles. We bond with our pets and talk to our plants (sometimes.)  Why should we do less for the people in our lives?

We don’t start out meaning to be rude or ignorant of others. Quite often this happens when we are trying to do bigger things, and between stress and over-focus on a few wrong things, we forget to be kind to those around us. We are so focused on a goal that we ignore everyone else’s desires and concerns.

As humans, we are not really individuals. We are an amalgam of those around us and all the actions within our lives which affect us. The secret is, the better we treat others, the better we treat ourselves. Want to live long, be happy, feel satisfied? Treat yourself (and those around you) well.

Thank you for reading this today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

 

 

Removing the Pebbles

We enjoyed a rain last night, celebrating the fourth. The rain kept the amateurs at bay, and I can’t believe that the diehards actually set off fireworks during a thunderstorm. With the rain, at least, it cut down on the chance of fire which is plaguing our state so much lately.

Now the summer lays out before us. Work in the yard, warm days and cool nights, and the chance for me to actually complete some things which I think will help some people. As big as it sounds, I have worked some mind maps and made some plans. Right now, one of the people I need to help is me.

I have many ideas I have been working on, and I need to publish them soon. I need to work with my audiences, and I need to produce in a way that helps individuals by identifying and helping them to remove their pain points. Not all pain points are life-and-death, yet even removing a small one, just like taking the pebble out of the shoe, can help somebody enjoy a better journey.

If you are suffering a pain point, either metaphorically or physically, please write me and let me know. Believe it or not, the active sharing a pain point with someone else actually makes it less painful. And, if the blog is too open a forum to share this pain, you may write me at mikeb@reveille.rocks. Also, if you have the opposite of the pain point, something good going on, that is good to share too.

Talk to you again tomorrow.