...there is a more recent belief that like specialists in electronics, law, food, making coffee, ....
we need to be qualified to be help another human i.e. to just care...
I read a book from the US of A last week, in which the lady told people, "hey I'm not a therapist, I can't help you with your decisions...."
I thought, (from the situation she described) all the person wanted was human caring, a friendly smile, a caring word, sure a super dooper qualified shrink might be useful, but all they wanted was a kind word.
Anyone can do that.
|Saigon 2011, balloon seller|
I experience that kind of commonsense caring in the materially "poor" places, Myanmar, Laos, but not so much in Singapore and Australia, and rich places.
I find myself getting grumpy and aggro like everyone else in those places, and I find myself kinder and more smiling in those other places,
but what I find most strange: this idea that I need to be a qualified 'expert' to help someone.
It hit me particularly on this visit back to Oz-stralia.
Note to self: smile, take the risk, smile at people, who cares if they think I'm a ........