23 thoughts on “88

  1. Frank LaManna

    Excellent..realization of what you wrote takes time. A person, can only learn something like that over time and through experience. Good for you! Continue being the best person you can be.

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  2. Adeline Writes

    The first stanza is such a beautiful, powerful metaphor, punctuated by the ‘dimming’ of the length of each line.

    I feel as if the second stanza doesn’t even need to be there—that it spells out plainly what may be inferred from the first. If the poem were presented as only its first three lines, I believe I would have felt shivers down my spine.

    All the same, I appreciate the words of encouragement. A poem like this likely comes from lessons hard learned over the course of your lifetime. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

    Cheers love.
    ~ Adeline


  3. Frank LaManna

    I know it’s way after the fact, but something happened recently that made me think about this article, and i wanted to say this…

    Some people would think, well, why would I dim my light for someone else. Most people wouldn’t, but sometimes in the workforce and other places where we’re rewarded for personal success and accomplishments, society, generally speaking, has a funny way of making you feel bad, or guilty, or like you’re doing something wrong if “you let your light shine” or you have the capability of turning your light on really bright.

    That’s a trap. Don’t give in to it for a second. You should never ever feel guilty, bad, or like you owe someone something if you’re successful or made any type of personal achievement.


    1. I love that you came back to share this story, it’s such a wonderful insight. I totally understand where you’re coming from too–this feeling that being too bright is taking away someone else’s spotlight. Your successes are your own, and are not dictated by someone else.

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      1. Frank LaManna

        No its more this…example: you want a position as a manager in a company. The position requires a masters degree. You bust your ass and get the masters degree. Eventually you apply for the job because you’re qualified, but in the interview they downplay your success and make it seem unimportant and unnecessary because they don’t want to upset your partner who only got the job because they knew the owner of the company.


      2. Frank LaManna

        Its kind of like instead of raising bar and allowing your accomplishments to do that, theylower it to accommodate shit and expect you to go along with it.

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      3. It happens all too often in the industry today. It’s about who you know, not what you know, more often than not. Thanks for sharing.


  4. BoardFlak

    I worked at a particular company for 31 1/2 years, and I remember a particular time when my immediate supervisor called me into his office. He complemented me on my vocabulary and then promptly advised me not to use it, saying it intimidated people. Now, I trained to be a teacher and I have worked with a lot of people helping them with their computer problems. I know how to adjust my vocabulary to explain things so they can understand. However, after thinking about it for a little while I decided I was NOT going to “dumb down” my everyday speech. I suppose I did rein it in a little bit, but not entirely.

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    1. It’s all about moderation! By being who you are but still respecting the level that others are at, an absolute win-win situation where everyone leaves a little better than before. Thanks for commenting!


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