No Applause For Them

Driving around I’ve been amazed at the little skills people have developed for themselves, in many cases making a small living out of them. Our economic climate is such that it has forced people in to a deeper exploration of themselves and their abilities, bringing about an unassuming yet powerfully energetic creativity throughout our land.

I was reminded of Bertrand Russell’s thoughts when he spoke about the pleasure of work being open to anyone who is able to develop some small and specialised skill, provided that the exercising of that skill can be done without demanding universal applause.

There’s certainly no universal applause for those mentioned, but one thing I’ve noticed, they have a brightness and lightness of step in an extremely depressing situation.

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About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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26 Responses to No Applause For Them

  1. How wonderful Don that some people, amongst extreme conditions and hardship, can rise above their situation to create a new way to contribute and with a positive attitude. I applaud them loudly!!

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  2. I also applaud them, Don. By being creative AND determined, they reap the benefits, where so many others sink into a morass of dependency or despair – or both.
    It is wonderful to see someone take charge of their own life and do something positive, instead of being dependent on others. The satisfaction of achievement in such situations can be very deep.

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  3. Hariod Brawn says:

    I found the idea here to be beautiful and uplifting Don. I think perhaps there’s much to be said for not being a mere cog in a machine, but rather to be the sole creator of one’s tradable offerings. When one thinks about it, it is the global movement for us all to become little cogs in corporate monoliths (or dependent upon the same) that perhaps induces distaste somehow. There’s a dehumanising aspect that dulls vitality and individuality as we devote ourselves to mammon; though that is perhaps more easily said by one who lives in the affluent West.

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    • Don says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more Hariod. “The sole creator of one’s tradable offerings.” I really like that. I certainly find our dependency on “corporate monoliths” rather disturbing. Last night I watched a program on the BP monolith. Shocking! Thank you for your comment.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Even within larger, boring jobs, one can develop little skills that differentiate you from the masses, It’s a good message for all to consider. Thanks.

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  5. nrhatch says:

    What types of skills are you talking about, Don? Selling things by the side of the road? Other?

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    • Don says:

      There’s lots of small businesses springing up doing all sorts of things Nancy, e g running small tourism concerns, a kind of a secondary industry in car parts, receiving small subcontracts from big business and being skilled by them to meet those contracts.One can go on and on, but with it comes the headache of regulation without over regulation. Not easy. But things are pretty depressing Nancy.

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  6. davecenker says:

    Well stated Don and a brilliant observation. I am immediately reminded of one of my favorite quotes:

    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman

    Regardless of whether it evolves into a method of earning a living or not, it still provides that person with a lightness to their step. And this is so contagious and necessary in a world that so desperately needs inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing Don and best wishes for an inspired day!

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  7. Val Boyko says:

    When there is an economic need we become resourceful.
    When we have our needs met we discover inner skills that want to be expressed in the world.
    I wonder if you have touched on a connection between these different points of view.

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  8. I can so relate to this Don. In my previous full time employment I made at 4 times the amount of money I am making now. But now I am about 10 times happier than I was then. It’s mind-blowing to me.
    Diana xo

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  9. Absolutely, Don. Last summer our daughter gave up a middle management job where she was being groomed to become upper management, but she was miserable. Money isn’t everything. She took a risk, sent out resumes for what she really wanted, and that was to return to teaching middle school Special Education, working with Down’s Syndrome and autism. She was offered the job that was only 15 min. from home, that her husband and their own children are “helping” her with and visiting and being so proud of her, and she’s never been happier. She’s making a difference and opening her heart, and she loves it.

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    • Don says:

      Wonderful Marylin. I admire your daughter’s courage. Risk taking, I believe, is always affirmed in some kind of way. I celebrate your daughter’s new found sense of purpose and fulfilment. Thank you for sharing that.

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  10. In simplicity, depth can be found. And in those recesses, there can (to your point) be great joy and achievement. It’s the varied lens through which one views their energy and creations, isn’t it, Don?

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  11. Susan Feniak says:

    Wonderfully uplifting. Determination and hard work along with creativity! You can’t beat that. Especially these days.

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  12. calvin says:

    Going to kill two birds with one stone, Ke-mo sah-bee. Only in the state of awkwardness, can one stand on the hill and see the importance of the goat farmer standing in the middle of a field in early dawn light, as the sun rises over distance mountains, as he brushes his teeth. Only from the that hill can one look down and see the woman bent over a pot of rice cooking dinner for her family. Only from the hill can one look down to see an old woman struggle to get up another hill.

    You have to be a little awkward to truly see as you just did. Good shtufffs, you!

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    • Don says:

      That’s beautiful Calvin. The very pictures you paint are the stuff of life and to see these hidden gems is to welcome life itself. Thank you friend. I have known you as one with soul.

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