Professionalism & Quite Possibly, Profound Ponderings!
Greetings and Good Day, M'Dears!
There's a little something on my mind this morning and it revolves around the word, "Professional". In fact, the word is often times laced with another word. Professional _____. You can fill it in. If you're calling yourself a professional (of anything) are you actually walking the walk? Or is it just a saying to you, and you're talking the talk? Please be genuine. If you claim to be a professional, it's best to actually follow through.
What's In A Word?
Plenty! The word professional itself speaks of a sense that someone is living with morals, ethics, and integrity. You add something to the end of the title and it becomes crystal clear that you're a professional something. I mean within Wealthy Affiliate alone, we have professional:
*plumbers *carpenters *dreamers
*educators *designers *critics
*writers *motivators *optimists
*editors *accountants *pessimists
*architects *hypnotists *scammers
It Doesn't End
That's only a small list of things that come to mind in an instant. I mean, you put more than 2 million people in an online platform and we have a very mixed bag of folks! We represent an extraordinary list of professionals! If you also realized my list above, there are some negative feelings associated with some words. Let's also be real here - life isn't always sunshine and roses. We need all types to make the world go 'round!
Back To The Roots
Here's the thing. There have been so many of you who've been supportive not only to me, but to so many others on this platform. I read messages of encouragement all day long within WA! It's an amazing place! Y'all know how much I love WA!
Something else I've recently realized is this: we could receive 2 million positive comments about anything (our life, writing, business, etc.) but when there is but one negative statement in the midst, it discredits all the positives. It is unfortunate. It brings me back to kindness - why does it lack in the dictionary from some of our libraries?
I know. There's one in every crowd. Lately, we've 'heard tell' of professional scam artists or professional this or thats... but are you (ME/WE) acting professionally? I mean, we are here at WA to build a business. Doesn't that make us professionals in our own realms? Of course it does. Is your activity within this WA campus professional? Are you withholding your end of the deal in your everyday dealings with others? If not, may I kindly ask you to just stop your fingers from typing. If you have nothing nice to say, refrain.
Certainly, there are times to be critical, but unless you're asked for your actual (or professional) opinion here, leave it out. If you can't think of something nice to say to someone, just don't. It's as easy as that. Honest! And in the silence, you're not ruining someone's day. There are inadvertent comments that can taint the thinly-skinned peeps among us.
It isn't necessary to publicly throw someone under the bus. Don't criticize the writing styles of others. Leave your comments about grammar and spelling out of the discussion, unless you're asked to edit something in particular. And honestly, who cares how many exclamation points one uses in an informal writing piece? For crying out loud, I don't even care if paragraphs seem to be a sentence or two too long! Who are we to judge?! We are all artists, with our own quirks of creative genius. Yes. I said genius. You. Me. All of us!!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: When given the choice between being right and being kind... choose kind!
On A Semi-Related Note...
The tiny humans were dancing and singing to some Disney songs this morning. These lyrics from Moana's, 'How Far I'll Go' jumped right into my heart. There is a little bit of my own heart in these words:
"See the light as it shines on the sea? It's blinding
But no one knows, how deep it goes
And it seems like it's calling out to me, so come find me
And let me know, what's beyond that line, will I cross that line?
The line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know, how far I'll go"
I'm convinced that my writing is gong to take me places. So many of you have helped me to realize this!! WA is the vehicle I have found that is going to allow me to do just that. I want to head into the great unknown - where the sky meets the sea! Your encouragement has always inspired me to do better, and I have (most of) you to thank for that! Please come with me!!
Ciao For Now!