LApTaC – Learn Appreciate Teach and Contribute

For a score and 5 years – my adult working life so far – I’ve had the good fortune to pursue things and areas that interest me deeply.

Systems and assembly programming on the DOS platform in the early ’90s, Kyokushin Karate on the side, UNIX, and that too in DEC (Digital Equipment Corp, now a part of HP) in the mid-90’s, consulting and corporate training on the Linux OS after that (still going strong), with long distance running on the side. Now, last couple of years, Linux training/consulting continues, product development (my own product, yeah!), managing a product team working on an analystics database project, and of course, distance running.

Yawn, yeah, I know, they interest me not you. Nevertheless, a good ride, and still riding!
Which brings me to the title:

LApTaC :
Teach, and

An oft heard complaint, the lament of the modern person- “I don’t feel fulfilled in my life”.
Perhaps one ought to step back, reassess goals and priorities (striving too hard for how our society defines “success”?), and LApTaC in your life!

Its true you know, it never stops. Bored? Learn something new; we now know that age is certainly no barrier. That stuff we used to hear “your brain cells will die as you age and never regenerate”, turns out to be BS.

Enough said; appreciate what you have and the new things you learn everyday. I like Mark Manson’s practical and straightforward writing; read his essay “Stop Trying to be Happy”, among many others.

Also take a gander at this book: “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done” by Peter Bregman.

A wise man once said, “If you want to see if you truly understand something, teach it”. Over a decade of training experience shows me this truth; also, the simpler you can explain it, the better you understand it. Jargon rarely, if ever, works.
Volunteer to teach something you know: the “fulfilment” payback you get from voluntary work cannot be overestimated.

and, Contribute:

A passage from the book – “A Return to Love : Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson – has become popular as an inspirational quote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
So go full steam ahead and LApTaC your beautiful life!