The Alphabet of Us: X is for Xerox … May 18th, 2015

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Building block X

All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

“It was my idea.”

A very popular sentiment. Most people enjoy believing that they are powerfully creative, needed and intricately involved.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with that.

Yet when the sense of uniqueness eliminates the ability to receive counsel, take advice, observe excellence and improve your situation, then it is a dangerous piece of stubbornness that can leave you desolate.

So how do we know when we should “go solo” and when we should collaborate?

Growing up, I was introduced to the Xerox machine. It was nearly a god in my world. Having escaped the rigors of mimeograph and carbon paper, we suddenly were able to create a copy of something by pushing a button.

Of course, Xerox machines are nearly extinct today. With all the digital possibilities, the old apparatus has been slid into the corner.

But the need to copy valuable material still exists.

So how do we know what we should Xerox in our lives and what is required to be an original presentation?

1. Copy what is clear.

There was always one rule of working with a Xerox. If you started off with an original that was unclear or fuzzy, the Xerox would be even worse. I often nearly despair over the realization that as bad as politics and religion are today, the “children” of those practices will be worse.

2. Copy what is important.

There is no need to have two of something that’s meaningless. That goes for Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Establish the quality and integrity before you start spitting out duplicates.

3. Don’t copy a copy.

It’s one of the problems we have in religion. Rather than using Jesus as an example in the Christian faith, we are settling for commentaries and doctrinal books to establish our faith.

They are copies. And when we copy a copy, we end up with a third generation of confusion.

It is important to copy.

Over half of who I am is based upon the wisdom I’ve attained through watching.

Please remember that wisdom is not possessed nor contained. It is acquired through continuing to learn, updating your files and mingling that information with your own experience.

Human beings are meant to be creative, but we’re also intended to be Xerox machines, which copy what is clear and important, making sure we commence our emulation … by honoring the original.

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