Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sharing a Little Wisdom

     I mentioned the other day that a friend asked me if I would be willing to meet with his fiance to share what I have learned about getting a book published.  She has recently completed a book and didn't know how to go about the next step.  Tonight I spent almost an hour with this person, helping her to get the "lay of the land" and helping her understand the various options and their corresponding advantages and disadvantages.  I believe, by her comments, that I made a big difference for her.
     It seems to me that, for many people, new topics often create a sense of chaos and confusion.  They can't seem to find a way to organize the huge array of available information in a way that's useful rather than overwhelming.  Thankfully, I find this to be one of my skills.  My brain tends automatically to seek organization and structure wherever chaos appears.  Somehow, I'm easily able to organize information in a way that is easy to explain, understand, and digest.  It's not at all difficult for me to do, which I suppose means that it's a "gift" or "talent" of mine.
     I often lament that I don't have certain tangible skills.  For example, I'm pretty useless when it comes to fixing things or building things.  I just don't seem to have any mechanical sense at all (thankfully my wife does!).  So if someone's car breaks down, or they need help putting up curtains, or they need to fix a toilet, I'm of absolutely no use.  On evenings like tonight, however, when I get to use my brainpower to help someone, it's nice to be reminded that I do have some skill.

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