Common sense

Books, articles, YouTube clips and TV-shows remind us everyday how we should live our lives. Self-help books are a big industry and there seem to be a creative author around every corner of our insecurity, ready to advice us regarding which part of ourselves to enhance and which parts to suffocate. After we have remade ourselves to something we are not but in accordance with the latest trend, another book comes and totally interdicts the previous one. We have to shuffle up our sleeves and reinvent ourselves again.

We live in an exchangeable time, trends come and go and our lives spin faster and faster, for many out of control. Many of us live on autopilot, with the common sense disconnected. We need someone to tell us how many bottles of water we should drink, what to eat, how to educate our children, how to be a colleague, a team leader and so on.

Couple of days ago I stumbled on an article claiming that after years of intensive analysis, Google discovered that the key to good teamwork is being nice. Really Google? Do we need years of intensive analysis to come to the conclusion that being nice is good?

You don’t need years of intensive analysis or Paulo Coelho and his quasi-philosophical empty phrases in “The Alchemist” to tell you that everything is possible as long as you really want it or that it is what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future. Take your time and visit your grand parents instead, have a tea or coffee with them and they will tell you the same. Disconnect your autopilot, and get in touch with your common sense, drink water when you are thirsty, eat and drink what you enjoy, be a good colleague, team member and team leader, ignore the ignorance. Don’t let any trends compromise your integrity. The rest will fall in place by itself. And don’t forget to be nice!

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