Information. We are overloaded with it on social media alone. Those of us who are perpetual students of life seek out even more of it to the extent that we are almost constantly processing new information to feed our minds.
I've become aware of the extent to which I'm taking in information. The way I realized it? I often don't remember where I heard or learned a thing.
My friend Ken Blackman brought something really important to my attention the other day. As our voices get bigger and we expand and start writing and publishing our work and sharing our stories, there's a thing that's happening less and less in this age of information influx: we inadvertently take credit for everything we know by omitting our resources.
I don't think it's an overt deliberate thing. I think it's a byproduct of not being totally conscious of where, when and from whom we are getting our information. We stopped paying attention there because the internet started doing that for us. Evolution at its finest.
What follows is that we don't credit people enough anymore for not just the things they've taught us, but also for the ways they have impacted us.
I believe in the One Mind. We are all connected and our work is to remove the obstacles that prevent us from feeling that deep connection. Once that connection is in place I really wonder if there is such thing as an original thought, but rather, if we are all just building off of each other.
Being unconscious about how our brilliant thoughts were triggered by someone else's brilliant content has the exact same impact on our connections with our peers, teachers, and students as being scarce about our knowledge and expertise, or worse yet, actively taking credit for someone else's work, does.
There is an important distinction to be made here. By not taking action we perpetuate the notion that it's okay to take credit for someone else's content by nature of us not being aware of where it came from. And I can guarantee that our inaction is noticed and can inhibit our connections with the very people who are teaching us. By taking action and crediting our resources, we obliterate scarcity and cause connection.
The antidote to being a consumer and a taker is not just to uplift those who aren't as far along on the path (aka: being of service), but also the ones who were with us along the way, and the ones who helped us get there.