When we were born we were pure experiencing machines.
We grew and learned every day—-literal sponges of the environments we grew up in. Sometimes we soaked up good information and sometimes we soaked up misinformation and even disinformation. Of course there were lots of soaked diapers along the way. We became brainwashed, religious fanatics, rocket scientists—-even real estate agents and home inspectors. We learned from our parents, our siblings, and our teachers. We graduated from college and had jobs, careers and many other life experiences that added to our wealth of knowledge. Some of us of course ended up living under bridges–or not living at all in one form or another.
At some point, if were among the luckiest of the lucky, we realized that some of this accumulated knowledge might be useful to others. I think this is why I like teaching so much—–and why I like blogging so much.
The older I get, the more I realize how little time there is to give everything away.
One has to wonder how many solutions to many of the worlds problems or answers to great mysteries have been taken to the grave with their owners.
Money and personal possessions are not the only things that we cannot take with us when we go.
An odd side effect of giving away what we have learned is the contradictory effect of creating room for learning something new—–and we get to be child-like again. Giving ourselves away also uncovers layers of stuff we have forgotten and we get to re-experience hidden parts of ourselves—-before we give that away as well.
The notion that we “lose” something when we give it away is nothing more than an illusion–or worse–greed.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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