Dad, what do you really do?

Yes, son?
What do you really do?
I help people.
Do you give them money?
I help in other ways. I help them become better.
Why? Are they sick?
Oh, one doesn’t need to be sick, to want to be better. Like you already run fast but still want to run faster.
Yes, and I want to swim faster too. And jump higher. But dad, the people you meet, what do they want to do better?

Some want to think better.
So they can do jigsaw puzzles like I do? Bigger puzzles?
Yes, something like that. To solve puzzles in offices, they need to keep trying and not give up. It’s called persistence and I teach that.
I sometimes start the puzzle from the corner and sometimes from the centre.
Yes, its called flexibility, and I teach that too.
And I always complete my puzzles, and don’t leave gaps and I see that the pieces fit together properly, and I keep the puzzle back in its box properly.
Super! That’s called thoroughness, and adults need that too.

But do people in office do jigsaw puzzles all day? Don’t they play other games?
Sure they do. There are games where they need to talk a lot. Thats why some people want to be better at talking, and I teach that too.
Talking better, like mum tells me to? Don’t lie, No bad words, Don’t whine or scream. Ask nicely. Don’t mumble. Look me in the eye and speak up. Like that?
Absolutely. Adults use different words for all this… transparency, civility, clarity, confidence, sensitivity and so on.
Adults always have big and difficult words for everything.
I’m afraid so, son. And that makes talking very difficult for us. That’s why we need help in talking simply and directly.

But how do you help people think or speak better?
I have them look carefully at how they’re doing. Then I show them how they can do better. When they try it, I stay near them to help if they falter.
Falter? Do you mean fall? Like when I took off the trainer wheels on my bicycle, and you ran with me, to catch me if I fall?
Yes, thats exactly right. Except that you learnt very quickly, but adults are slower… I stay with them for several weeks.
You know, Ashok’s dad was busy with his mobile phone when Ashok tried to ride his bike, and then he fell, and didn’t want to ride any more. He went back to his tricycle.

That happens to adults too, sometimes. That’s why they need help.

So next time, when someone asks me what you do, I’m going to say “My dad helps people think and play and speak better and he doesn’t leave till they are able to”.

Sounds good, son!


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