Week 16 with MKMMA

In this month’s reading of Scroll IV of The Greatest Salesman, one paragraph hit home. Without knowing it prior to reading it in the book, I have actually been living it.

The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love”.

When I started out my electrical apprenticeship 30 plus yeas ago, I was fortunate enough to be working with a very intelligent journeyman. This mentor of the trade explained how when I was on the job, I needed to focus on the job and not let problems at home interfere with job performance. I didn’t quite get it right away, but listened to him and tried to put it into practice. 

The electrical trade can be very hazardous, and I started hearing about some of the misfortunes of others. Some had minor electrocutions, others have had electrical burns severe enough to spend time in the hospital, and a few of my brothers, we buried. Perhaps their thoughts were clouded and lost their focus.

Armed with the wisdom of this man, I put these words into practice and have successfully completed my career, and retired from this trade with all my body parts intact. 

I had also put into practice the part where I didn’t bring home the job with me. Only sharing interesting and funny events or conversations, never the complaints, frustrations or the construction language. I always felt that my home should be a safe place for my family.

Og explains further, There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both”.

How fortunate I had been that my journeyman took the time to tell me this, and I always passed it on to the apprentices that came to work with me.

Thank you Og, for putting this into perspective.

Peace and Aloha, Steve

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13 thoughts on “Week 16 with MKMMA

  1. Isn’t it amazing how some of the little things we are learning about are already IN us? This is a perfect example and it shows that the rest is just as possible. Congratulations on learning and putting into practice your mentor’s advice and for passing it on!

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  2. This so true, and difficult to do today in the era of email on smart phones and the expected instant reply. When we unplug from the family to work, or just spend time online or on other el ctronic media, we do a great injustice to those most important to us. You bring out the aspect of focus at work also. How important for safety, but also concentration and focus!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I always unplug when my grandchildren come over (they live only 30′ from us) to spend time with them, they are 4 and 7 now and need our attention at all times, which I gladly give to them. I only wish I had been able to do so with my own children. Just one of the differences between parenting and grand parenting.

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  3. Steve, I enjoyed your blog as you related what Og has said in scroll 4 nicely to your old job. You also shared the importance of focusing on your job and not letting yourself get side tracked on issues at home. Great Job ! Be ready for the journey ahead as it will be amazing.

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  4. Great post, Steve! It IS difficult to leave ‘stuff’ at home, and vice verse, and that was an aha for me, too! Such wisdom in these writings, and the privilege and gift of learning about this is beyond compare!

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