What makes one an expert?
What graduates one from a novice
To the status of an expert?
Is it knowledge?
Does the fact that one knows;
Mean that he is?
Does knowing every detail
In medical books;
Qualify one to be a doctor?
A talented romantic musician;
Doesn’t necessarily translate;
Into one being a good lover;
No one becomes what he knows;
Unless he applies himself;
To what he knows.
Skillful experience is what makes an expert;
Practice they say, makes perfect;
But that doesn’t count;
When you’ve been doing it wrong;
All this while;
But how can perfect;
What he doesn’t know?
Knowledge is the beginner’s guide;
But the ability to perform;
Is the end game;
What would you call yourself an expert in?
Business, health, sports or the arts?
What about matters of the heart?
Are you an expert in loving;
Respecting and building up your spouse?
Are you an expert in supporting;
And being loyal to your friends?
What about standing up for your colleagues;
And being reliable to your company?
Of course, being an expert means
A life-long learning process;
Earning a certificate;
Doesn’t mean you’re done learning;
Because knowledge and skills;
Need to be upgraded from time to time;
And we don’t mind;
Investing time and money doing that;
But why don’t we strive to do same;
For the people we claim to love
And care about?
Keep on learning;
On how to love them more;
As life changes them and us;
Experts expect the unexpected;
And readily prepare for it;
Just as systems may fail out of the blue;
Relationships may fall out by chance;
But it takes one who understands;
The impermanence of life’s circumstances;
To not throw in the towel;
When the tides change;
But put all hands on deck;
To keep the ship moving;
Obviously, it takes more effort;
To be an expert in human relations;
Than in a gradable subject;
But where there’s a will;
There’s a way;
If we’ll all make up our minds;
To learn to love and appreciate;
One another more;
There would be less of;
Depression and suicide cases;
Broken homes and bitterness;
Will you learn to be an expert;
In sharing and caring?
The world can be a better place;
It begins with you and me.
© Josephine Amoako 2016