Comments on: A Story of Privilege http://punkassblog.com/2011/04/10/a-story-of-privilege/ Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:59:27 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 By: kate http://punkassblog.com/2011/04/10/a-story-of-privilege/comment-page-1/#comment-1775876 kate Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:59:27 +0000 http://punkassblog.com/?p=5415#comment-1775876 I know exactly what you are talking about and think about it everyday. I am a small business owner and learned what I learned because I took an opportunity to come way. What I learned enabled me to go into business, but being good enough to succeed quickly came from what I learned from my father and the help of some very good friends. Things have gone south because of the economy and my skills aren't needed by most people. But, luck of the draw; I knew some people who knew some people and I was able to steer my skills into something that is in demand and I'm working on building my business back up, probably on those earnings, with the old and the new ventures combined. I have to say also that I tell my kids all the time about the importance of treasuring relationships and people. My family was never around when I needed them most and I had to depend on people who believed in me enough to give me a hand here and there. I worked hard on those relationships, carefully cultivating the reciprocal love that is necessary to develop real friendships and allies in what is a very cruel, cold world. But in spite of that, I still get bumps in the road but they are tampered by some dumb luck; some good opportunities that come my way. It is important though to understand, as your essay highlights, that these are gifts and they should be treasured and treated well. Remembering what maybe got us where we are, even if its only one rung up the ladder, or even keeping us from falling back, helps us to give back whenever we take. It also helps us to remember how we are all so tightly conjoined and how just a little bit from you sometimes when you can, to someone else, can make a huge difference. Just knowing where the next door is and pointing that out to someone is all they need, lending a hand, helping out. Its how the many of us survive and its a beautiful thing also. I know exactly what you are talking about and think about it everyday. I am a small business owner and learned what I learned because I took an opportunity to come way. What I learned enabled me to go into business, but being good enough to succeed quickly came from what I learned from my father and the help of some very good friends.

Things have gone south because of the economy and my skills aren’t needed by most people. But, luck of the draw; I knew some people who knew some people and I was able to steer my skills into something that is in demand and I’m working on building my business back up, probably on those earnings, with the old and the new ventures combined.

I have to say also that I tell my kids all the time about the importance of treasuring relationships and people. My family was never around when I needed them most and I had to depend on people who believed in me enough to give me a hand here and there. I worked hard on those relationships, carefully cultivating the reciprocal love that is necessary to develop real friendships and allies in what is a very cruel, cold world.

But in spite of that, I still get bumps in the road but they are tampered by some dumb luck; some good opportunities that come my way.

It is important though to understand, as your essay highlights, that these are gifts and they should be treasured and treated well. Remembering what maybe got us where we are, even if its only one rung up the ladder, or even keeping us from falling back, helps us to give back whenever we take.

It also helps us to remember how we are all so tightly conjoined and how just a little bit from you sometimes when you can, to someone else, can make a huge difference. Just knowing where the next door is and pointing that out to someone is all they need, lending a hand, helping out.

Its how the many of us survive and its a beautiful thing also.

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