Re: Not-doing LO1108

David E. Birren, MB/5, 608.267.2442 (
Mon, 8 May 1995 13:12 CST

Replying to LO1061 --

I'm forwarding this post from Theresa Elliott, who is having trouble getting
messages out to the list.

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Subject: Re: Not-doing LO1061
Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 12:52:50 -0500

Hi Dave, Myrna and Dick:

I've been following this "not-doing" conversation, and have a couple of
thoughts. To me not-doing can be a powerful tool-yet sometimes dangerous.

If a person chooses "not-to-do" they in essence have placed the
responsibility to THINK or not to THINK about the inaction on the other

However, "not-doing" becomes dangerous when one considers the potential
consequences of inaction. If we choose the "not doing" route we must be
prepared for whatever the consequences are as a result of the other
parties thinking, assumptions, and actions.

Thanks - this whole dialogue just crystallized some realities for me!

Theresa Elliott