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A reflection on Chapter 5 of our shared dream
“Orgasm is not a crime”
“Whenever I am about to fall into the trap of judging people, opening the floodgates of anger, I often think of what Usa told me that day, ‘Keep appreciating strengths. What else is there?’ “
I have often thought of the advice of Usa, “Keep appreciating strengths. What else is there?” Well, what else is there? Is Usa saying that weaknesses don’t exist? Is she saying that there is no merit in considering weaknesses? I have learned enough to know that whatever Usa says is worth thinking hard about.
If I were to recommend a book from 2016, it would be ‘I contain multitudes’ by Ed Yong. It opened my eyes to the microbes that live inside of us and the influence that they have on us. You will be amazed. In the book, Ed challenges our traditional view that microbes are bad and our immune system is there to protect us these bad things. The book shows that there is a much richer way to think about our immune system. He says, “The immune system’s main function is to manage our relationships with our resident microbes. It is more about balance and good management than defence and destruction.”
Another way of saying this is that, “There is no such thing as a good microbe or a bad microbe. A good microbe is in the right place at the right time. A bad microbe is in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
If I can change my mind about microbes, perhaps I can change them about strengths and weaknesses. How about: Strengths are skills in the right place at the right time. Weaknesses are strengths in the wrong place at the wrong time. I don’t know if this applies universally, but as I have thought, it seems to me to cover a lot of the ‘weaknesses’ that I have been frustrated by.
How do others interpret this interesting phrase, “Keep appreciating strengths. What else is there?” And perhaps here there is a question for Usa. “What do you mean by the phrase?”
(If you would like some more thoughts about the book, you might like to try this link: https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/I-Contain-Multitudes)