How soon we forget or were made to forget the embedded skills and trades that dwelled within us naturally. Once upon a time, not so long ago, we called on those with the “know how” and didn’t think twice about rather or not they possess the certifications or the mandated degrees within that field. Nope, we let the word of mouth guide us to these pillars of the community and they simply let their work speak for itself.
Michael, who stayed two doors down, knew everything there was to know about repairing a car. Not only was his work thorough but he didn’t charge you a arm and a leg to have the work done. Even though he had the “know how” without state certifications you would find this same A1 mechanic working for the local auto repair shop employed to repair tires…What a waste of natural skills subject to the bureaucracy of the states mandated red tape.
How could something like this happen, you may ask? We see so many fall victim to having their hands tied on their natural ability to show and prove from failure to attain the certification. Maybe school was not an option straight away. Sometimes delays are prolonged by life’s other obligations. Maybe the lack of financial stability was a factor. Or maybe, just maybe it was just too big of a pill to swallow knowing that he would have to sit down and be taught something he already knew by those that he felt knew alot less.
We see this happen so much in our communities. The “know how” is there. Maybe the drive and finances aren’t there to make this a “certified” reality. I say we stand behind those shinning beacons within our community. Let’s think on pooling our resources to send them to school, even if it’s only one every five years for trade certification only. We have to find ways to empower those who power us but in the meantime, continue to take your car to Mr. Mike from two doors down.
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