Let’s face facts – we are human and our humanity gets in the way all the time, usually not in a good way.
The world celebrates success and despite telling us to embrace our weakness, failures are never celebrated – at least not until they’ve succeeded at something do we get to hear how they failed!
We love the strong, we love the beautiful, we love the rich. And it’s that love so freely shared that makes us hunger for strength, beauty and wealth. We are more attracted to applause than genuine achievements.
If not, why do we dream of becoming CEOs and yet are reluctant to take the risk to venture into business?
If not, why do we expect to have well raised children when we are absent from their developmental lives?
If not, why do couples hold hands outside and immediately disengage behind closed doors?
If not, why do we borrow just so we can keep up with the ridiculous faceless joneses?
And the list goes on and on….
Just because no one remembers or applauds the one who painstakingly lays one block after another after another after another…
We all want to be
We’ve forgotten the deeply personal irreplaceable satisfaction that comes from looking at good ole sweat turned gold. It’s called personal satisfaction, pride in what we do. It breeds self-esteem and genuine confidence.
It’s time to get real…
To remember how it feels to work at something, to get things done, to sweat, to be involved, to contribute to someone, something, anything. Like the men who helped Moses build the first tabernacle. These men hardly get mentioned; in fact the tabernacle till today is called Moses’ Tabernacle but he had such overwhelming support from different people – people who actually executed the vision. Who knows Bezalal? Who knows Aholiab? How about the several others whose names were not even mentioned? They still did! They too could say ‘we did it’.
It is not too late to rediscover your get up and go. It’s your passion! It isn’t too late to count for something. So how do we revive our passion?
Go first of all to the ant. Consider her ways and be wise.
See what I learnt from the ant:
1. They have the ability to exploit resources and adapt easily to changes in their environment
2. They communicate properly and learn interactively
3. They have the ability to solve complex problems
4. They are orderly and are active all year long
Ants easily deal with changes in their environment. For instance, when an established path to a food source is blocked by an obstacle, the foragers leave the path to explore new routes. If an ant is successful, it leaves a new trail marking the shortest route on its return. Successful trails are followed by more ants, reinforcing better routes and gradually identifying the best path.
Ants may be the only group apart from mammals where interactive teaching has been observed. A knowledgeable forager will lead a naive nest-mate to newly discovered food by the process of tandem running. The follower obtains knowledge through its leading tutor. The leader is acutely sensitive to the progress of the follower and slows down when the follower lags and speeds up when the follower gets too close.
Humans, learn from the ants, the bible says and be wise.
Achievement does not come by size or strength (or any of the other limitations we deceive ourselves with daily).
Follow my own ant trail…
Achievement comes from discovering a sense of purpose
Purpose is fuelled by passion
Passion helps us focus
Focus is what breeds determination
And determination and discipline go together
And discipline is the currency we need to Just Do It!
Get Up & Go!
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