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“When you’re young you feel like you have to prove a point, and you scream it if you have to.”

 

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Miranda Lambert

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Whew.

 

 

speak the truthFinally.

 

Finally … it feels like the world’s pendulum is swinging away from ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease’ and moving toward ‘speak softly, speak confidently, speak meaningfully.’

 

And it is about time.

 

 

This doesn’t mean the pendulum is swinging at rocket speed … or even fast at all … just that it seems to feel like it is swinging back.

 

It will move more slowly than people like I want … mostly because people my age will continue squeaking <the squeaky wheel was their generational wisdom> and espousing the merits of being squeaky.

 

Suffice it to say … this will be another one of those generational tectonic shift things which older people will espouse some wisdom <squeak> and younger people will chafe at the wisdom .. believing squeaking is just noisy.

 

Now.

 

While that may be true <and it is> you still have to pick your battles. You still have to speak out when speaking out matters. And, yeah, you gotta scream if you have to.

 

This is not an age thing.

 

Sometimes you have something you feel is so important you just sit there and want to scream.

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And this happens when you are young … and when you are old.

 

Basically … the desire to scream something is … well .., a formula:

 

Having a feeling that something is important

+

frustration

=

 

the possibility to desire to scream

 

 

With the young I often believe this desire is often about finding answers.

 

We older folk can be quite frustrating at times for young people with our disregard for their questions.

 

Far too often we brush them off as naive or lean back in our comfortable chairs and sagely say “… just wait … you will see and understand.”

 

But the impatience of youth wants answers now.

 

And you know what?

 

They know they deserve some answers because … well … they understand that finding some enlightenment … some understanding … permits them to progress a little better off intellectually or knowledge wise to address the next thing in life.

 

Without the answer the obstacle remains and while they may not see it as an obstacle they scream out what they believe is important.

 

I am fairly sure most of us older folk do not address their impatience with any ill intent … we just see impatience and we want to teach patience. I guess the odd thing to me is that we older folk espouse this whole squeaky wheel thing <which is kind of absurd advice in the first place> and then when someone cares enough to squeak … and then … well … just like that nagging noise under the hood every time we start our car … we ignore it <until some light pops up on our dashboard>.

 

scream the things you do not sayFor older folk the desire to scream is … well … shit … almost the same as a younger person <go figure>.

 

Desire to scream is mostly not about some bravado or self righteousness … it is more about demanding that there are answers or demanding to be heard.

 

 

And maybe that is what screaming is all about. Demanding. Maybe it is about kicking some damn doors down because … well … the damn door needs to be kicked.

 

Sometimes life, and business, gets so frustrating you just wanna start kicking down doors.

And you do.

Well.

Sort of.

Lets say … you try and kick down the doors but at minimum you scream & kick.

 

Why?

 

Because it matters. Really matters.

And it matters to you.

 

Now.

I wrote awhile back about ‘protesting for yourself.’

 

Today’s thought is a slightly different version in that you are protesting for knowledge & progress.

 

Sure.

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It is about yourself but it is more about going on the offensive rather than defensively protecting yourself against attackers.

 

 

In this case … you scream to be heard. You scream because you gotta try. You scream because while things happen that doesn’t mean silence is that answer.scream shout your answer voice life

 

 

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Rule 1. bad things happen.

 

Rule 2. You cant change rule number one.

 

Rule 3. You still gotta try. Even though bad things happen and you cant change that you gotta try.

 

 Even with all the anger, violence, stupidity & senseless waste … you gotta try.

 

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Wayne Arthurson

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Anyway.

 

I am clearly in the ‘speak softly, speak confidently, speak meaningfully’ camp.

 

I believe the whole ‘squeaky wheel’ advice simply encourages nonsensical and lose the battle win the war screamless than important squeaking. I believe it encourages noise just for noise sake.

 

But in order to effectively ‘speak softly, speak confidently, speak meaningfully’ you also gotta pick your battles … when to scream.

 

Because in a world in which we receive 100’s of texts, 100’s of emails, face 100’s of squeaking people … all in a matter of 100 minute increments … sometimes you have to just stand there and scream.

 

And while it is partially to prove a point … it is more about a point needs to be made.

 

Pick your battles wisely.

 

But when you do pick a battle … don’t be afraid to scream.

 

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