Me Myself and I

I thought this was really fascinating about how we interact with others.


It’s a theory by Martin Buber called the I-Thou relationship.


In every relationship, there are really 6 people in the room:


– Who I am.


– Who I want to be.


– Who I am perceived as.


———–


– Who they are.


– Who they want to be.


– Who they are perceived as. 


———-


Taking about a break between reality, fantasy, and perception. 


Is it any wonder that there are so many communication breakdowns and relationship disappointments. 


We need to coalesce around a unified persona of I and thou–and if we don’t know, perhaps we need to ask for clarification.


We don’t want to talk past each other. 


We want to talk to and work with each other. 


I am me and you are you. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Money Makes The World Go Round

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I remember from years ago hearing this song called, “Money makes the world go around.”


It’s an unfortunate song. 


“The clinking clanking clunking sound.”


Then this week, I saw this sign in someone’s office. 


It was hung under a framed dollar bill, and said:


“VERY IMPORTANT MONEY FIRST”


It doesn’t say G-d first, or family, or integrity, or compassion, or anything meaningful and good. 


No, instead just money. 


What is wrong with people?


Yes, we all need money to live.


Life isn’t free. 


There are bills to pay and money to be saved for a rainy day.


But, “money first”???


“Very important!”


There is definitely something wrong with some people’s values.


They think:


To hell with doing the right thing if you can make lots of money.


To hell with being honest in business if you can make more money.


To hell with earning a decent day’s pay for an honest day’s work.


No, to some misguided people, it’s simply money first. 


And money also means power.


More, more, more…at almost any cost that is. 


Sell your souls to the devil for a buck fifty.


Is the temporary satisfaction that money can buy you really worth it.


No, money is not first, and never should be. 


Money is a means to an end, but never an end in itself.


Money is not the root of all evil, but perhaps underlying greed is. 


Take that awful sign down and the dollar bill in the shiny frame at the very top of the wall too! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)