In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Calling Uncle Bob.”
Have you ever faced a difficult situation when you had to choose between sorting it out yourself, or asking someone else for an easy fix? What did you choose — and would you make the same choice today?
Yes I have turned to “Uncle Bob” and “Aunty Jane” off and on. I guess it would apply both on my professional as well as personal fronts.
I have always believed that two heads are definitely better than one and if faced with a situation wherein I need help or even just a fresh perspective , I never hesitate to ask. In my profession a small mistake or inability to rise to the occasion in whatever manner can affect and even cost lives. So if I feel the patient would benefit from better expertise either in my own field or in a related one, I never fail to ask help. I have been a teacher and member of the faculty in a Medical College – even so, I am not averse to learning the ropes from others. With the medical field evolving as it does at breakneck speed, I strive not to be caught napping and for that I need help. Its not about an “easy fix” – I am acutely aware that I deal with lives and at any time if I feel that the patient’s interests are best served by another opinion or another pair of hands I would never let over confidence or ego come in the way.
At home, I often get stuck with new gadgets or technology related questions and the best “Uncle Bob”s are my kids. If I am stuck with an administrative problem I ask for counsel from my husband who is more experienced in such matters.
I learn from my mother , my friends, colleagues and family.
But having said that I still have someone I turn to help so very often and that is Uncle / Aunty “Google”. the net to me is a powerhouse of knowledge if used wisely and one knows where to look. I am a member of professional and personal groups who help me grow in both these areas and make me a richer and wiser person and sometimes even a better person I would say.
Seeking and offering help are constant processes which will never stop, no matter what your age. there is always another mountain to climb and there will always be someone who has climbed it before you and so have a few words of guidance . Listen. You will only grow in stature by doing that.
Happy seeking and Learning.