Do or Do not
by Dwayne Phillips
Regardless of position or circumstance, some people do things while others don’t.
This appears to be one of those parts of human nature that have puzzled me for years. Given a situation, some persons will talk, think, talk, ignore, and employ just about every verb there is except for the forms of “do.”
At the same time, there are persons who will use many verbs many of which are quite useful, then these persons will “do.” The persons will write the memo, update the procedure, take out the trash, cut the grass, fetch paper, go to the store, or do just about anything that moves the world in the forward direction.
Many years ago I knew a gentleman who worked in a state government. He knew many people in many offices of the state government. On occasion, persons would come to him and describe a stalemate they had reached while attempting to access services of the state. This acquaintance would give them a phone number and a name. The name was of a person who worked in the office in question. It was not the job of that person to do what was being requested, it was simply that this person worked in that office and this person worked in that office. This person was in that office and was one of those who would do. My acquaintance was always correct. The person seeking help would contact a person who would do. Work was done; the situation was resolved.
If you want something done, find someone who will do. One day I may understand how this works. For know, I simply know it exists.