By being in service to others I have learned a lot about myself and that of community advocacy.
Intangible things an advocate can offer his/ her community that go a long way– time, talent, and shared knowledge, experiences, or resources.
In the past, sharing knowledge was a no-no because the striver’s goal was to be ahead of the curve.
We’ve all heard of the crab in a bucket mentality, a popular metaphor that implies, “If I can’t have it, neither can you.”
Equally real is what I call the moth mentality… “Now that I got it, I won’t dare tell you how.” While moths are known for eating clothes, most moths actually do not have mouths. The luna moth, for example, has beautiful green silk wings that glow in the dark… and no mouth. These insects tend to have a life span of 7-10 days.
Moth-minded people have a glamorous exterior and an impact that reaches only an exclusive group or a specific kind of people. Moth-minds can easily become crabs when paranoia toward others becoming more significant settles in.
As I continue to evolve, I find myself becoming the moth’s antagonist…
Google defines knowledge sharing as:
“An activity through which knowledge is exchanged among people, friends, families, communities, or organizations.“