It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Chapter 5, Page 19, Book 13




There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word Works, and on the other oar the word Faith.  Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, I will show you, dropping one oar, rowing only with the oar named Works. Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up Faith and dropping Works. And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction. After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars Faith and Works, and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go in circles.

Author Unknown

Today's Word:

Efficient

Achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.

Working in a well-organized and competent way.

I don't think that any of us likes to go round and round in circles, yet that is just what we often wind up doing.  Sometimes we might think our day is off to a good start and then we remember something done or said yesterday that we are sad about and the great start to the day starts to go down hill quickly.

What happened yesterday is in the past and to hang on to the memories just keeps us from moving forward.  To be efficient, to move on and enjoy the day, means letting go and making the best of what we have right now.

The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it. 

Michael Leboeuf

3 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Great parable.

Chatty Crone said...

I think I spent the day very efficiently today! lol sandie

Linda said...

I love Efficient! Makes life so much easier when we are!