There are two meanings to the phrase Monkey See, Monkey Do. Here I’m referring to imitation. When someone copies me, it irritates me at times. Friends say it’s no big deal – you should take it as a compliment, so I try. After a while, I think why. Why can’t people have their own thoughts and carry them out?
Universe, I do not need to know that answer. Just a point to be made. Have you every put a question out the universe and then get shown why? Yikes! Be mindful of what you ask.
I have actually had people read my blog and the next day use the same words from it when speaking to the public. I’m like really? No, it’s not a coincidence. It has happened more than once. Plus, there is no such thing as a coincidence.
Backstory: I was a freelance writer for the Lake Edition of the Orlando Sentinel for 17 years. I wrote people features on those interesting folks in the community. A writer for a Lake County magazine wrote the same people features after I did. At least he would call to get his own quotes. Finally, after several stories had been copied, I told my editor who made a call to the writer’s editor. Yep, before I knew it, the writer called and asked why I complained. Really? Find your own stories or at least interview different people.
Back Backstory: This reminds me when I was kid and I used to annoy my sisters by copying what they said. LOL. I would do it for sometimes over an hour. LOL. Perhaps, this is all payback for that. LOL.
I teach Intuition Development classes. Yes, everything I have learned came from somewhere and at times I use the tools that I was taught by other teachers, which in turn was taught to them by other teachers. So, in a sense, I have done the same as my examples above. However, my intention is sincere and the bulk of my classes are based on my master teacher/friend/business partner’s teachings. She is on the higher side of life now, and I know that she is with me when I teach. I know that she is appreciative of her work continuing on.
I can see the thought process in taking it as a compliment. I get it. The writer really didn’t mean any harm in it. He more than likely didn’t have time to find his own stories. But what about the person who copies my ideas from blogs and other places and uses them as if it was his bright idea?
The real question for me is: Was it done innocently or to hurt me, to give me that jab? In reality, does it really matter. I have to remind myself of the bottom line: It truly is a mindset.
Blessing of Peace and Love!
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.