Analytic Vision

Recycle for Your Tomorrow

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 26/07/2012

“It is with great ease that we recognize other people’s dirt, rather than hearing someone else talking about our own dirt.”

(author unknown)

I was talking to a friend a while ago, he told me that, in his opinion, Romania should get a whole new restoring point maybe after a massive earthquake, or a similar cataclysmic event, that would allow it to start from scratch, just like Japan did after the second World War. It is not the first Romanian I heard that from. There seems to be a deep rooted desire in the Romanians to trash or burn and start using the ashes of it to start a new cycle. One could even say it’s o wonder the New Age has had such a big success in Romania in general and in Bucharest especially, although some might confound it with personal development [en, blog].

What got my attention about this tendency some Romanians (and not only them, of course!) have was the fact that, interestingly enough, the psychological need was addressing something outside, something external to oneself, an external locus of control [en, wiki]. My, my! Not something internal, but external… Seems very similar to what Constantin Radulescu Motru was writing about 100 years ago in “Psihologia poporului roman” [ro, scribd]. To add to that, I mention that Romania has a very interesting development of recycling policy. Interesting by the fact that it’s practically almost invisible. I wonder how the lack of capacity to recycle their own trash might have influenced the desire of some Romanians to crash things and make them better (sometimes, without even being broken!).

Anyhow, there is a signal I dearly enjoyed and I most certainly want to share with you is the selective collecting campaign of the garbage, at least in many important cities of Romania [ro, php], which is going on until this Saturday. Congratulations for the project manager at colecteazaselectiv.ro [ro, php] ! The team has joined with a most respected Romanian crowdsourcing blovertising company [ro, blog]. If you bring at least 10 recyclable packages at any of the collection centers [map] during the announced schedule (check the links for information), you will receive a scratchcard [en,wiki] which will allow you to participate in the contest to win a Ford Ka [en, wiki], if you insert the tickets on the website [ro, php]. Supplementary, if on your scratchticket is says”winner”, you can win a pen out of recycled carton, a beach ball, a frisbee, refrigerator magnets, etc. Nice way to promote recycling! I sure hope at least some of you will make time to identify where the green, yellow and blue recycle bins are and use them. Fortunately, this works also in my sector in Bucharest. Anyway, the initiative is worth promoting.

I have also, always, recommended the Freecycle Network [en, php] initiative and especially its Bucharest yahoo group [ro], where you can get and get rid of a lot of functional stuff, from toys to wholehouse furniture. Great way to making a contribution to the ecological future of our planet without entering the Global Warming Hoax [en, video, blog]!

I remember a joke Richard Bandler (co-founder of NLP) made in a public training I watched on video, that goes like this:

“I told to my son:

– Did you clean your room?

– No.

– Fine. Than let’s get all the trash from the house there!

So I did. I brought all the trash from the kitchen and the rest of the house in his room. It took him 7 months to notice it!”.

Now, enough about the trash recycle. My intuition says that after having more places where to successfully recycle everything outside of you, the psychological need I was referring at in the beginning of the article will remain. Let’s talk about your inner problems that are worth recycling.

In these days, a lot of people, are underpaid. Underpaid considering the true value of the work, considering experience, considering expectations, etc. In the same time, “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” (Will Rogers). It’s hard to figure out your own value these days, especially a lot of people try do do things by numbers. For those of you who feel a little down, I have a metaphor [ro, blog]. Of course, it’s important to offer yourself time to be sad [en, blog] and to recognize what you’ve lost and forgive [en, blog] and forget, but mostly TO MOVE ON!

To recycle, as a word, comes from re+cycle. Etymologically, the English word “cycle” comes the identical word in French, which comes from Latin (“cyclus”), which is derived from Old Greek  “κύκλος”. The meaning’s essence for “recycle” is to in some manner returning a discarded item into something usable, to integrate it again in a natural cycle.  In addition, “to collect” also comes from Latin, “collecta” (to collect money) and in Late Latin [en, wiki], a “meeting”, “assemblage”, in Medieval Latin [en, wiki] , feminine of collectus, past participle of colligere, conligere (“to gather together, collect, consider, conclude, infer”), from com- (“together”) + legere (“to gather”).

Many of us have received certain gifts, talents, abilities. Some of us might not have used them. Others, might have used them partially, or maybe even improperly. Each of us has invested his/her talents in jobs, projects, relationships, education, which don’t/didn’t work. In stead of using them as a means to an end, we have used them as an end to our means. But, given the fact that you are still alive and well enough to read this blog post, here are some rash premises to recycle yourself…

1. STOP doing whatever you’re doing.

2. Put the glass down! [en, blog] Even a simple glass for drinking can paralyse you if you keep it up all day. Put your problems on paper and get them out of your head!

3. Remember what and who matters for you! Sometimes we forget. [ro, blog]

4. Gather yourself from all the contexts [ro, blog] and pieces and concentrate on your mission [en, blog]. If you don’t know what a mission is really about, read this book [en, php]

5. Sort OUT your life [en, blog]

6. Forget about positive thinking [ro, blog] Find how to use critical thinking without berating yourself or others [en, blog]

7. Find what your true resources are – nobody can teach you that, although a coach might support you [en, blog]

8. Figure out which are the best environments [ro, blog] to re-use the resources you left yourself with.

9. Transform yourself, reinvent yourself, in a new environment, using your God-given talents for your mission, for the benefit of others. This is the easiest to write and the hardest to apply [en, blog]. Later edit: After reading this article, a friend of mine coined this idea: “If you don’t reinvent yourself today, somebody will recycle you tomorrow, except – you’re not going to be the one who benefits!”.

10. Remember, you always worth more than what you’re made of. Keep in mind,  recycle all the time! Be everything you can be an more [ro, blog]!

In the end, I just want to share a small motivational video to watch until the end.

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