Lately, the news has been full of fires and floods. Seems like half of the United States is on fire (including my dear Oregon) and the other half is under water. And that’s just the United States! Add in genocide and more flooding in Asia, the international refugee crisis… the list goes on and on and on.
The World Has Enough
Now, it makes total sense that if we could just haul all the water from Houston and Florida that isn’t wanted there and pour it all over Oregon, Colorado, and all the other fires, our problems would be solved!
There’s no doubt that the world has enough water. It’s everywhere. But it isn’t in the right places all of the time. Sometimes water is the problem. Sometimes water is the solution. And sometimes it’s hard to get drinkable water where it needs to be (STILL Flint!).
I have no doubt that the solutions are all out there as well. You come here for my story and my experience. But I don’t know everything. I only know my little sliver of life. Someone knows the answer to your question, you just have to find them.
Look Outside Yourself
For work, my job is to find answers. I can tell you that 100% of the time, I don’t know the answers. Someone in my office asks a question about an illness, a behavior, a product, and then it comes to me. I’m in charge of looking at the research that has been done on that topic and find out who knows the answer.
Did you know that 100% of the time, the person who knows the answer is not in my network? 99% of the time, I’ve never heard of the person.
Every time we expand our network, we find more solutions. When we limit ourselves to our own pockets of people: political, religious, racial, gender, geographic, socioeconomic – we limit our way of thinking. The same solutions come up over and over again. When we look beyond, we find more answers.
What’s Your Question?
My main question upon starting this blog was: “How can I use our finances to help our family gain more control of our time?” That question lunged me into a network of amazing people that were looking at similar questions. This financial blogger world has introduced me to people that have figured out solutions to some of my questions.
The more I expand my network and hear the stories and experiences of others, I find more solutions. Sometimes I find I haven’t been asking the right questions. I learn. I grow. And I have more questions.
As the world burns and drowns at the same time, I hope that I am not part of the problem. I hope that I can be someone that listens.