I’ve been in a couple meetings recently where everyone attending knows something has to change yet nobody is willing to step up and take the initiative, the risk, or the accountability to change. It’s hard for me to see this because I work for myself and if I just don’t go and do it, I don’t get paid. But then again, I’ve always been wired to jump in and do something. After all, I was the guy at 17 would climbed out the window in Trig class and sat on the roof just to see what happened. This whole issue of doing or not doing has me thinking about what it takes for a person to finally say “enough is enough” or “screw it, it’s somebody else’s problem”. What tips them off of one spectrum and finally into the other camp. Unfortunately it seems like it take a crisis or tremendous peer pressure to make change happen. I’d like to puzzle out though if it’s possible to “tip the seesaw” so to speak, in a positive direction, proactively rather than reactively and if it is possible, what it would take to make it happen.
As a last thought, I got curious too and looked up the definition of Teeter Totter. It’s such a funny sounding word. (You see, I was the kid growing up who on Sunday’s loved to read the encyclopedia or the dictionary for the etymology of words). Here’s what the Free Dictionary by Farlex said out on the internet. - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end. I have a suspicion that the end of this definition, “…ridden by children at either end” has a lot to do with our problems and where the solutions lay.
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