We will get to Moses momentarily. This past week took a few interesting turns with several very interesting and very intense, revealing conversations.
When someone asked me what I have done all week, my first answer was trigonometry. One of my clients is going through a job retraining program and we covered everything from the limits of the scientific calculator on iPhones to finding a free scientific calculator app in the Apple Store. That was just before going onto the practical applications for their program, setting up problems, revising problems, and then checking calculations.
We also went through anatomy and physiology, fractions, subtraction, opinion piece essay writing, trauma, data sets, and business writing.
Part of what we do is have those tough conversations. We may write this every week, all of the time, and may even forget we write this every week. Yet one aspect of what we do and stands out remains having those tough conversations.
This week was full of tough conversations. We had to have a tough conversation about why my client wasn’t told they were going to need a scientific calculator in the beginning and now we were closing in on the end of the course with none readily available. We had a tough conversation about being realistic with a resume and how human resource personnel get bored reading them if they all look the same. We had a tough conversation about writing an opinion piece on a very controversial topic and how to word and handle the topic while addressing personal concerns.
We also had a tough conversation about Moses. Yes, The Moses from the Bible. Why did Moses come up?
This past week two local former government officials were sentenced to relatively short sentences for a cheating scandal involving a promotions exam. When the story first broke last year, I put out a meme after a conversation I had with someone about this. I see cheating, clients trying to cheat or at least try to trick the well entrenched system of passing the government mandated exams all of the time. My response to the conversation was paying a tutor to help saves a lot of money with defense attorneys later on.
The next day after the sentencing I had someone I help telling me they were “trash” and had to deal with a meltdown. Later, when all heads were much clearer, I brought up two things. First, two people are going to jail, have lost their jobs, possibly their pensions, and untold unknown lives have been affected by this. Why all of this? Because help was not asked for in the ethical, standard way. Second, remember Moses?
In Exodus Chapter 4, Verse 10, according to the version I referenced, Moses tells God that he cannot speak to Pharaoh due to “impeded” speech. Other versions use the words “slow” or “maimed” and follow it by “slow of tongue”, depending on the translation they are using.
When I asked the person what they knew about Moses, I received the stock answer of Moses led the Jews out of Egypt to the Promised Land. I reminded them most people don’t know or dwell on the reference to the “impeded” speech. Our culture remembers Moses for his heroics, not for his having to ask and drag his brother Aaron along to speak to Pharaoh on Moses’ behalf. I reminded the person that even Moses had to ask for help.
Asking for help is not a negative thing. Asking for help is a necessary part of life. We all have things we need help with. We can’t do it all, not even Moses.