2 by 2

1 05 2009


Welcome back, this is day 4.

OK, things have been a little busy around here. In case you missed it (or I neglected to mention it), we live in a motor home, in an RV park, and have been here for the winter. Well, the weather here, in Canada, is finally up to where we feel comfortable enough to travel, so we are in preparation for the trip.

This motor home is an older unit, which we purchased just before winter, so there are a lot of preparations that need to go into getting everything stabilized (so things won’t fall and bounce around in here, when we are driving), as well as finding a way to haul our car behind it.

Meanwhile…you must have had time to find 8 pennies by now, I’m sure; I know I did. Just trying to be funny, but we are serious about the pennies because, we are laying a foundation; and, foundations do take time; but, are neccesary. So, don’t rush yourself because, in a very short time, you will be the one laughing, when you see what you’ve accomplished.

So what is the idea of “2 by 2” anyway? There are many ways of looking at this. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark, recorded in the Bible. God told Noah to build a huge ship, because a massive flood was coming; when the ship (known to us as the Ark) was finished, God brought 2 of every kind of animal into the Ark; He then instructed Noah and his family to enter the Ark. Unfortunately, the rest of the people did not believe there would be a flood and refused to enter.

The flood waters came and ALL life was destroyed, except for those in the Ark. When the flood waters made way, for dry land, Noah & his family, and the animals on board, were responsible for repopulating the Earth; which is why they needed to be in pairs (a male and a female of each kind); including – Noah & his wife; their 3 sons, and their wives (8 people in all).

2 is also important when working; something that might be difficult for one person, can be handled easily when 2 people work together. Sometimes, we need a 2nd opinion on a problem, in order to arrive at a solution, because we all have a different perspective.

One of the best things about the power of 2 is that, when you join with another person (preferably someone you get along with), you are not alone because, loneliness is one of the major causes of premature death, everyone needs a friend; if you don’t have one, then become one, to someone else who needs one; and, multiply the power of 2.

How do you multiply the power of 2? It’s not as difficult as you may think. As you go about your life, if you take time to be observant, you may notice, individuals, who are always alone, or people who act like they have everything under control but, when you look deeper, they are merely covering for the pain of loneliness, that they face every day. It may take time; but, if you step aside from your own problems, for a moment (and just so you know, we are not belittling your problems in any way, we know where you are coming from – we really have been there), you just may be able to see someone, who could use your help; and, perhaps, the 2 of you may be able to help each other.

How can I help, you ask, my needs are great and so are theirs, and I don’t have the resources to help. TRY THIS! Just be a friend, a listening ear, someone they can talk to, it may take them some time to trust you, but if you show up consistently, without being a pest, but just being around, they may open up to you. Now, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER lie to them, or mislead them in any way. Be honest about who you are and that you want to be a friend, and when they ask you why (and they will), tell them, it’s because you need a friend, and they looked like they could use one, too.

You DO NOT need to provide them with any material things; shelter, food, money or anything; just be a listening ear. Do not make any promises (they will hold you to them). If they confide in you about something, you can make suggestions as to a solution, as long as it’s real.

Once you have built a relationship, and earned their trust, you can begin to share something about yourself, that relates to their situation (this is called “establishing friendship”). If they are uncomfortable with this, don’t push it; but, let them know you will see them again; and then; do exactly that.  BE A FRIEND.

If the first try fails, try someone else, and keep trying, until you are successful. NEVER QUIT! Once you have built a friendship, and your friend starts coming out of their shell, you can teach them how to do the same thing; and, together, you each find another friend; and, eventually, the 4 of you will each find another and another and so on. This is called the DOUBLING EFFECT! otherwise known as NETWORKING.

The DOUBLING EFFECT is simply, beginning with a single unit and, systematically, doubling the effort, until you reach your goal.

Here’s the point. NOBODY is an island; we all need help, now and then, and it is not a shameful thing to ask for help. NO ONE ever got where they are without help. Eventually, you may not be able to pull together enough pennies to make it to day 30; in fact, many of you might not, even, make it past 2 weeks. If, or when this time comes (and it, likely will), you will need help.

On our next Post, we plan on putting together some of the principles we have taught, so far, in order to get you the help you need. In the mean time, you need to go find (how much?)… You guessed it…16 pennies.

Catch ya on the flip side.





One response

21 06 2009
Gus & Luz Nieves Isaac

Hi Joan;

Gus & Luz Isaac here. You visited our blog a while back and seemed genuinely interested in a particular topic we were discussing.

We haven’t heard back from you for a while and thought you may have lost the link so here it is:


Here’s hoping this will be helpful for you and if we misunderstood and you really are not interested, please let us know and you will not be bothered again.

Thank you.

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