Here’s the challenge:
If you want to help, do so because it gives you enjoyment. Don’t do it from a sense of commitment or obligation. When you do help, make sure you try to provide as much help as you can.
My desire to help comes from within. I like helping others. I also like to be complete and thorough. I don’t like to waste people’s time either. I prefer to provide them the information up front so they can then start digesting the information and dealing with it step by step at their own pace on their own terms.
The challenge should always be in writing well written posts. When helping, we should provide the best help we can. When you do something, it should come from within, it should never be forced.
Yes, I am well aware that I can be verbose. I realize I’ve also developed quite a reputation for apparently being unable to write a short response. It also seems that I am unable to express myself simply. However, like many other things, language is a tool as well as an art form. I have to choose my words carefully in order to make the best effort I can to make sure that I am effectively conveying the message I am trying to communicate in a way that retains the exact message, spirit and emotion that I am trying to express. A text-based medium is very flat and non-dynamic. A lot of the message can be lost because inflection and other audible cues are absent. In order to ensure proper communication, it requires that I choose my words carefully. This also requires posts that go perhaps longer than most people would care to read at times. That’s just a chance I have to take.
So, again, don’t try to help unless it’s coming from within. Don’t worry about length. Just worry about the content. Do the best you can. Sometimes the fact that you took time out to try to help someone out is appreciated.
Don’t challenge yourself to be like me. Be yourself. Just be the best you that you can be.