November 20, 2011
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When I think of my past and all the knowledge I have acquired, I try to focus on turning all the knowledge I have acquired into knowledge for good – into valuable knowledge – and try to continue to use this knowledge for good for the benefit of others to make this world a better place. To me knowledge of life and all of our individual experiences are found in the words: whatever you do, don’t let your own individual knowledge go to waste. Keep using it to make the world a better place.
So, I try to keep thinking of the knowledge that I have already acquired and the life experiences I have shared with others and gained from others, and what is still yet to come.
There is an awful lot of good knowledge in the world. In all of our lives, there have been many, many good experiences. But, I could also make a very long list of all the bad things that have happened in my life as well. What do I do with this knowledge? Do I simply forget it or try to repress it away in my memory, or let it fester inside me with anger – or do I try to turn this knowledge into knowledge for good? I’ve learned from my negative experiences, and I’ve learned to turn them into knowledge for good. This allows me to use my individual knowledge to help others in my life – and in the world. I turn this individual knowledge into knowledge for good because I’m not constantly dwelling on the negative as a victim. I grew up in a family with alcoholic and dysfunctional parents who abused me and inflicted many physical and psychological scars. I could have remained a victim all my life, ruled by the external and internal voices that said I was stupid and worthless. But thanks to the knowledge of others, I grew to recognize my own worth and intelligence – and recognize even the value of such negative experiences in my life – by turning this knowledge into knowledge for good.
There are many unfortunate people and experiences in the world, people unable or unwilling to leave behind the negative things – the hurtful things that have happened to them in their lives – and use this knowledge for good. The hurtful and negative things of the past continue to drag them down and make them bitter, negative and hurtful to others and to themselves. Unless we can turn this painful knowledge into knowledge for good, such knowledge will always hold these people back. This knowledge will continue to hurt them until they can focus on turning all of their individual knowledge into knowledge for good. Everyone can turn their knowledge and life experiences into knowledge for good. Remember, no experience is a negative experience unless you gain nothing from it and don’t share these experiences as something to make your life and the world a better place.
June 1, 2011
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Knowledge is given to everyone. It’s learning how to use knowledge everyday that’s important. We have to learn to put our knowledge into action as a gift that we can give on a daily basis – no matter how small or insignificant we may think it is – to benefit the world we live in.
Some might argue that we have too high expectations of individual knowledge – that we ought to expect the best and only the best from “experts” and not ourselves, and then the “best” knowledge will be a part of our lives and we’ll be happy and fulfilled. To a certain extent, I believe they’re right. Yet, the time and energy we put into sharing our own individual knowledge – while also being open to learning from others (including “experts”) – tends to come back to us on a more basic scale in the everyday moments of our lives. How we live these everyday moments with our own knowledge – sharing this knowledge beyond ourselves to benefit others then comes back to us on a wider scale as part of our collective knowledge – hopefully making the world a better place.
Some think we should expect knowledge to be grand and life changing – and that “expert” knowledge will always give us what we need. When we expect “expert” knowledge to give us something in particular – such as a new relationship, a new job, a return on an investment – we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment when it turns out that we could have listened and learned from the individual knowledge of a friend or family member or co-worker who sees that there’s something that would be better for us. I’m not saying “experts” don’t have a place in sharing valuable knowledge. I think I would prefer to have a neurosurgeon perform surgery with their knowledge than rely on the knowledge of my brother or sister. I am saying sometimes “expert” knowledge is closer than we think if we our willing to mobilize our own knowledge with others.
Sharing our individual knowledge everyday is important – for one day we’ll die and our individual knowledge will be lost along with the lessons that we’ve learned while we’ve been here – unless we take action everyday. What a great opportunity we have using social media to share our knowledge and learn from others.
Hopefully, our individual knowledge won’t be exclusively focused on how to attain financial or material wealth – but about how to love and give and live life fully. Hopefully, we won’t have learned to hoard money – but to share it. Hopefully we won’t have learned to expect people to do or say what we want them to – but to expect them to be themselves and express themselves with their own knowledge as they will – in their own way – hopefully, using individual knowledge for good and not for harm.