Does starting a conversation about”this thing” sound like the last thing you want to do? If so, you’re not the only one, but switch on the news and they can’t stop talking about it. The price of sugar is high! Dollar rate! The handshake! Sudhir! Supplementary budgets!
For a subject that makes the headlines so much, we tend to talk little about it. Whether you’ve talked about it before, or whether you’ve never really given it a second thought, one of the pluralistic organisations has developed an interesting tool that can help you get a clear idea of your feelings about “this thing”.
Critical questions to understanding “this thing” entail identity, understanding and empowerment. In this particular case am going to talk about how we can seek the identity of “this thing” to do that we need to answer these questions:
- How do you feel about “this thing”?
- Do you talk about “this thing”?
- What does “this thing” look like?
- What do you want from “this thing”?
To answer these questions:
How do you feel about “this thing”?
So in order to know how you feel about “this thing”, you need to access how “this thing” makes you feel, whether you get irritated, bored or you don’t care about it. If say talk about “this thing” gets you bored, then what’s the first word you think of? It could be money, dollar rate, your rent, price of sugar, corruption.
These words you think about are critical in understanding your true feelings of “this thing”, generally to the layman this could be a society cultivated topic aimed at confusing the masses. It surely seems that way, we never understand the budget, we only get it when they talk about how much tax they intend to levy on our beloved beer, sugar, bread name it.
If I were to ask you to draw or imagine “this thing”, what’s the image or shape that you would want to draw? I would personally draw a caricature of a big bellied man called the government sitting on a stool called “citizens” do you now get the picture?
A more interesting question would be, if “this thing” was a colour, what colour would it be? My guess is “this thing” would be that colour you hate so much, can’t hold it against you, “this thing” has been yellow for the most of my life, yellow is a really ugly colour you know.
The only time I consciously use yellow is when my boss requires me to set the back ground of Excel headings to yellow, a painful choice that is.
A complete understanding of how it makes you feel would be personally connecting it to your life, why is that? Well I wouldn’t date “this Ugandan thing” she’s probably that tweep that goes for trips to Dubai on a pensioner’s money and still can’t make a living for herself or that lady on Facebook who checks in at acacia mall because their taxi en-route to Kisaasi happened to use the acacia avenue route, she really likes the good life she has to live a lie.
Understanding the Identity of “this thing” is key to finally realising this thing is actually part of your life it’s in front of you the whole time, you just have to seek to understand it more and you will totally get it.
Do you talk about “this thing”?
What do you think about most and does any of it have anything to do with “this thing”? The answer is a plain Yes. To break it down for you in more relatable terms I share interests that give you a bigger understanding of how much you talk about “this thing” unknowingly, these interests give you an idea of the connection you have with “this thing” around you.
||Cost of living
||Libraries, hospitals and schools
|Spending & tax
||Culture, media, music or art
||Physical and mental health
||Education and learning
||Having kids, family and Holidays
||The wider world
A great way to understand how much you’re talking about “this thing” is to checklist the everyday interests I shared with you above with their direct correlation to “this thing”. A quick tip would be realising that it all rotates around Money, Banks, Finance, Consumption, and Production, tax, trade, behaviour, and micro and macro factors.
What does “this thing” look like?
What is “this thing” called?! It’s pretty hard to visualise it, but I want you to try. A great way to visualise this, is to imagine “this thing” in more real terms. What would your ideal picture of “this thing” look like? Plus, if you could choose your perfect image of “this thing”, which would it, be?
To visualise what your ideal picture of “this thing” would look like, would require a drawing, you don’t have to be a good artist to come up with this. This visual works best if used in a discussion you’re going to have with a number of individuals over an evening coffee or a cold beer/glass of wine, it could be anything.
The idea is that you draw a visual share it amongst your group and discuss, what “this thing” really means to you, this way you can get a clear picture of what it is.
You could even zero on everyday personalities and have a discussion on who you think would give a perfect picture to “this thing”. According to how you understand “this thing” in general, choices like My Dad, My Mum, My Employer, and My Friend, The President or the First 1st lady should be common a clear understanding of their character, actions and who they are, will give you a broad understanding of “this thing” and how it works and looks like.
What do you want from “this thing”?
It’s critical to understand what you really want from this particular thing you don’t seem to understand entirely. A good way to realize what you want is to determine the 5 Whys, 5 Hows.
“This thing” has a lot to do with our wants and needs. We’re not all in the same position, we all have different starting points and different things we’re worrying about right now. So before you dive into anything, take a moment to think about where you’re at with “this thing” personally.
A good way to look at the different things you might want from “this thing” is to critically look at Maslow’s Hierarchy.
Basic needs, psychological needs and self-fulfillment needs are a good way of categorizing what you might need from “this thing”. To access all these needs, one needs money, this spells out one of the things you need from “this thing”, to get money, one has to work; to work one, has to seek for a job; to get a job, one has to have attained skills that necessitate his/her employment to a certain job. This vicious cycle helps us answer this particular question of “what do you want from “this thing”?”
In answering this question, the understanding of this thing even becomes clearer, you can’t just simply do without this thing; you need it because it seems to re-occur over and over again. The TV shows it, the government speaks about it, the dollar rate spells it out, we need it to finance climatic change, and generally the “world” simply revolves around this thing.
We ought to make an effort to seek its identity and in its identity shall we find the true meaning of what it is.
34 times and we still don’t know the thing.
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