Complication benefits no one with good intent…
“Most people worry about what other people think of them. Most people worry about their health. Most people are at a crossroads and don’t know how to take the next step and which road to take it on. Everyone is in a perpetual state of ‘where do I put my foot next’. Nobody, including me, can avoid that.
You and I both need to wash our faces in the morning, brush our teeth, shower, shit, eat, fight the weather, fight the colds that want to attack us if we’re not ready. Fight loneliness or learn how to love and appreciate the people who want to love you back. And learn how to forgive and love the people who are even more stupid and cruel than we are. We’re afraid to tell each other these things because they are all both disgusting and true.” – James Altucher
Cheers to one year! Now let’s take this some place…
As we go through our days, we interact with, work with, live with people whom we feel we know. Know them well enough to be ok with that level of knowing and carry on.
Then there are times we get to slow down and get a little closer. Perhaps it’s idle chit chat. Or that person takes a chance and shares a personal thought or something of sincere interest.
And as we get closer, reality intrudes. That normal person I work with, that normal person I live with, that normal person I thought I knew is actually a little… well, interesting… a bit braver… a bit more quirky… kinda weird, but in a good way.
You walk away thinking “Wow, that suit is actually a person…” “That sweet wife of mine is actually a hell of a business person…”
Sometimes the normal we see is what we put out in front of ourselves. That normal can mask the uniqueness of others. The “weirdness” of others if you will.
Take the time, and a breath, to see the weirdness in others.
“You’ll never know what you didn’t know until you are lost.” Not sure if that is a quote lodged out of my memory or it just came to me while wandering around at work this evening with a co-worker trying to find a shortcut. Yet the more I think about it, it’s true. You never know what you will run into (“Oh, so that’s where that is…”), who you’ll run into (“Hey Joe! What are you doing over here?”), or knowledge to discover (“How have I never heard that bit of info before?!”).
Have you ever worked on something and it just flowed and worked? Good times, right? Great for the confidence. How about when you’re stuck for solutions, writer’s block, or just bored with your ideas or task? Frustrating, yes. And yet, often in those times is when you “find” that new piece of knowledge that serves you well down the road.
“Why would a reasonable, rational, decent person do that?”
Hello world! As I get this blog up and going, the above question will be the premise of a lot of our discussions… Why do people (including ourselves) do what they do, both in our personal and professional lives. Not our occupation or hobbies or family life, but how we act and respond to the people and situations we find ourselves in day after day.
I hope to bring you some great reads, observations, stories, and thoughts to make you think about this world we play in. We all have our moments, yet we all have our reasons for the way we behave. More to come friends… Stay tuned!