It is amazing how easy it is for life tangles to occur as they do in hair, or string, or maybe a slinky. It is equally amazing, if not more so, how we end up “detangling” from a situation. If only it could be simplified to spraying on a detangler or using WD-40. What I have found is that building relationships and communicating what I learn has helped me the most in situations with untangling and sometimes even saving a friendship. As written in Combination Lock, you never know where your decision combinations will lead you to.
And, speaking of decisions, one I made a few months ago was to do something I hadn’t had a chance to while a student. The decision was to begin attending StartupZoo, which is a group of local entrepreneurs (or those who are interested in this area) that meets every other week. It is co-run by three guys. During last night’s discussion, the moderator claimed that as a group we are “different.” I found it ironic he was stating that about all of us since he had a mohawk. However, that is a point, too. As a group, “we” are different than main society because of how we think and what we are willing to try and do in business, which can include making or accepting change, and failing. Another “doer” (member) pointed out that we don’t have it all figured out yet, either, and we are still willing to try.
The use of “we” in that last paragraph included myself. By association, action, or maybe interaction, I am as much a part of the community as anyone else who was there, with less experience. My thing right now is helping to add to the discussions through business books.
It was apparent last night how excited the members of StartupZoo are about reading when they referred to passages of the current book club (KBBC) book “Power of Habit” for examples, and it was not the first time, or the only book. Plus, when they gave examples, I’m talking about a 5 minute synopsis that was also meant to create interest in the “what happened next” category and read it yourself. I don’t expect all books to have that reaction. I was extra excited, though, because I am the creator and facilitator of KBBC, and I can’t wait until we meet and specifically have the discussion where the topic IS the current book. Then I hope that the next choice will continue that path of spontaneous discussions.
Sometimes, topics are more personally based and are group chats instead of open forums. Those have been important in my life for support and information. I have been searching for answers to health and wellness issues, and a particular concern has lead to what I hope is a healing path in the form I prefer. I could not have had the same discussions with strangers. Plus, that feeling of being “different” (when it is not about the difference) subsides when others share similar experiences and can explain the gaps from unanswered questions.
I love going to hear these guys, who didn’t have a show like usual tonight. They are known as “Free Beer” and they remind me that you can have fun and music and even serious and silly discussions just through enjoying life. When things start to get tangled, remember to take a step back, talk to people, and keep on moving forward. Really, what else is there?
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