Here's to a new week. Has yours started off well? Mine is beginning with lots of caffeine - my favorite cure all. I'm one step away from bathing in it.
My entire family keeps telling my very old-fashioned Mother that she needs a cell phone - at least for emergencies. My Uncle finally just up and bought her one.
Mom was a wee bit excited and a whole lot of overwhelmed. She has completely convinced herself she is incapable of electronics. I don't know when this entered her thought process - she is a very bright woman.
I stop over her house the other day to give her a phone tutorial.
I take her phone and am reading the manual so I can understand it in order to teach her. She pulls her chair close to mine.
Me: "Did you read the manual?" I already know the answer.
Mom (sipping her Vino): "No. I hate reading those things."
I read away and mumble to myself as I figure it out, while she asks me a ton of questions.
Me: "I'm not answering you because I haven't figured it out yet."
I decide going into the other room to figure it out is easier.
Once I've got it down, I return to kitchen to resume phone tutorial. She has voice command on her phone which is a button with a human figure on it.
Me: "See this button? It's voice command. You simply press it and she'll ask you to say a command. You say the name of the person you want to call and the phone will automatically dial their number."
I show her. I press button and say, "Call Jordan." Phone rings. Easy peasy.
Me: "Now you try."
Mom presses button, I nudge her and nod for her to speak: "Call Jordan. Oh, I hate this phone. I can't figure it out."
Voice command lady is confused. She doesn't understand Mom's long command."
Me: "You confused her. Just say Call Jordan and then be silent. Try it again."
Mom: "I don't like her. She takes another sip of Vino." Mom is being stubborn.
Me: "Seriously, Mom, this lady, ( I point to voice command button ), is your personal bitch. It's the easiest way to call someone. She is the closest thing you'll ever have to a personal servant. Boss that bitch around and tell her what to do." We die laughing.
She tries again: "Call Jordan."
Voice Command Bitch: "You would like to call Jordan?"
Mom: "Yes I would please." Again too long of an answer.
We try again, next time Mom just responds with yes.
My son's phone rings and goes to voice mail.
"Jordan it's Grandma. I got a cell phone and I hate it. It's giving me a hard time."
I visualize the smile on my son's face when he gets her message. He knows she is a character.
We move onto the camera. Two steps. Easy.
Me: "Here take my photo."
Mom trying to figure it out: "I don't see anything."
Me: "Your finger is blocking the lens."
She takes several photos of my leg, her finger, and the floor, until she finally gets a photo of me sticking my tongue out.
I quiz her on our lesson. She keeps looking at her notes. I flip the notes upside down.
Me: "You won't learn from the notes you have to do it yourself." Mom hesitates before she hits buttons. She is uncertain. I encourage her, "Mom, you can do this. You just have yourself convinced you can't."
She is catching on. She is the little train that could. Guess what? I got a call this morning from Mom on the phone she hated, that she thought she couldn't use.
I've decided the moral here is if you think you can't do something than you will limit yourself. Never sell yourself short. Don't buy into any belief system that will inhibit you from learning something new. It's only a belief you are choosing to believe, it's not the truth.
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Buddha
Have you learned anything new as of late? Is there something you would like to learn but have held back because you think you may fail at it? Why not give faith a fighting chance?