It was 15 years ago in July that I discovered the wonderful world of blogging. Where has the time gone?
So in honor of my first post back in July of 2004, I’m going to share some of my former insights over the next couple of months to see how far I’ve come in my awareness, and to just notice some of the things I’ve noticed over the years.
I hope you’ll enjoy this journey with me.
Introducing: “You Already Know This Stuff: RETRO”
Welcome to “You Already Know This Stuff.”
Now that you’ve found your way here, I have two questions for you:
1) If “You Already Know This Stuff,” why are you reading this blog? and …
2) If “You Already Know This Stuff,” why aren’t you doing something with it?
Both of those questions are posed very tongue in cheek as we all KNOW way more than we DO. I’m curious about why that is.
I’ll try to post some food for thought here on a semi-regular basis, in the hope that we can figure out a way to collectively make our small talk bigger. With bigger small talk in our own individual circles of influence, I’m confident that those of us playing this game will start to make a real difference by starting small, but focusing our attention in ways that will take us beyond conversation into action.
Insight without action makes no difference so although we’ve got to start with making our small talk bigger, it can’t stop there. What can we commit to actually DOING that will make our circles of influence more influential? It’s that whole “Pay it forward” concept.
I know it’s difficult to make a significant difference in the world individually (but good thing no one told that to Ghandi, or Mother Teresa, or MLK, Jr.) … but, as Margaret Mead said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
So, the thought for today is about CHANGE, and here’s my two cents’ worth:
Change doesn’t work because change is nothing more than more of the same. For example, if I wanted you to give me “CHANGE” for a quarter, and I asked you for the easiest way to do that, you might give me 2 dimes and a nickel. That’s CHANGE, all right. But let’s say I didn’t like that combination, and wanted something different. You might give me a dime and three nickels. If that doesn’t satisfy me, you might give me five nickels. We could keep playing this “CHANGE” game until you’d finally given me 25 pennies. Change? Sure. But each time all I’ve really gotten is more and more of the same stuff (and heavier pockets).
If we really want something to be different in our lives, it’s got to go beyond mere CHANGE. In the above example, what’s missing is the key component to what’s missing in any situation in which we want something to be different: the element of giving something up. In order for us to make a significant alteration in that change cycle that doesn’t work, we have to be willing to give something up. In the 25 cents example, that means I have to be willing to completely give up my 25 cents (in whatever combination I’m left with) and replace that with something completely new (like a pencil or a piece of gum).
That, I propose, is what’s been missing in our quest for CHANGE – the concept of giving something up in order to get something new that LASTS OVER TIME.
What do you think?