good life – by kevin allgaier
Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing your talents, then using them to help others.
I was raised in a home of giving. Mom gave countless hours each day teaching us life’s lessons, and Dad spent his time tirelessly helping those throughout our community. Their efforts of devotion and dedication did not go unnoticed to those around them… especially me. One of the many lessons I learned from my parents was that we should give what we could of ourselves to others. That lesson has stuck with me throughout my life.
When I was about 12 years old, my parents enrolled me in a “computer camp,” held at a local community college where I grew up. Looking back at that week-long camp now, it’s clear to me that it was nothing more than a week of playing computer games and swimming. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun!
When I was a senior in high school, I took my first “computer science” class (I use quotes because it wasn’t really a computer science class, but we did use Apple IIc computers). I don’t remember much (or anything, really) about that class, but I do remember how excited I was each time I entered the room knowing that I would be doing something I found very interesting. It was that class that acted as a catalyst to my college studies in computer science.
Today, I frequently find myself at the intersection of technology and service. While I don’t have many talents, I do recognize that I have a talent for technology. I absolutely love helping others to better understand technology, and even more so, love seeing their eyes light up when they learn something new. We all know that technology can be used for evil, but it can clearly also be a powerful tool for good. Sharing photos with friends, having a real-time video conversation with loved ones from around the world, attending college classes online… these are all examples of how technology has changed the way we live, work, and play. Talking about technology… helping others to better understand technology and how to use it to better their lives… is incredibly important to me.
We all have talents. Most of us have discovered some of the talents we have, but there are likely other talents that we have yet to discover. Unless we can learn to recognize those talents and share them with others (in a generous way), they’re not only useless to others, but they become useless to ourselves. Find your talents. Refine your talents. Share your talents. By doing this, we can make the world a better place and humanity as a whole benefits. It’s this same philosophy that we try to instill in each of our children.
Note from Becky
Kevin is one of my five brothers. When he said, “While I don’t have many talents… ” I totally rolled my eyes. Whatever, Kevin. That was a middle-child comment. The man is loaded with talent and anyone who knows him, knows that he’s not only super talented, but he really does genuinely love to help people. He’s one of the best examples I know of someone who willingly shares again and again and again. The comment about my parents? Totally true. They are givers and always have been the best example of sharing God-given talents with others.
Some of you actually know who Kevin is because I’ve affectionately referred to him as “Techie Kevin” once in a while. He’s brilliant – and there’s nothing tech-related Kevin can’t figure out. I have tapped into his brain many, many times. And so have some of you! Some of you might even remember a few of those Q+A with Kevin blog posts we’ve done. I think it would be fun to do another round of Q+A with Kevin, right!?
Here’s how it works: Have a tech question? Leave your question below in the Comments. Kevin will answer as many of your questions as time allows. And, Kevin – thank you for your example of sharing your knowledge with so many of us so we can reap the awesome benefits of modern technology even more.