Alice Morse Earle must have been a very optimistic person to be around to see every day like this. It’s a wonderful thought to reflect upon at the end of each day.
Many years ago I would ask for contributions to the MondayMotivator and this one from Scott Olsen at Property Suite popped into my head. So I searched it out and in my opinion, it is a story for the times we are in right now. Times when people fire shots from behind anonymous profiles with complete disregard for their fellows. As like drone pilots, they’re one step removed from the action and do not see the impact with their eyes but through a screen or lens that isn’t their own.
So, here we go.
Once upon a time, there was a boy with a very difficult character. His father gave him a bag full of nails and told him to drive one nail into the garden fence every time he loses his patience and/or has an argument with someone.
The first day the boy drove 37 nails in the garden fence.
In the following weeks, the boy learns to control himself and the number of nails driven into the fence gets lower every day: The boy discovers that it is easier to learn to control himself than to hammer nails in the fence.
At last, the day comes when the boy does not drive any nails into the garden fence. Then he goes to his father and tells him that today he did not need to hammer any nails. The father talks to his son in front of the fence and tells him: My son, you have behaved well, but look how many holes you have left in the fence.
It will never be the same. When you have an argument with someone and abuse them, you leave them with wounds like these ones in the fence. You can stab a man and then take the knife out, but you will always leave a wound. It does not matter how many times you say sorry, the scars will stay. A wound caused by words hurts just as bad as a physical wound.
A few lines to meditate over the break.
- Give people more than they expect
- Do not ever make fun of other people’s dreams
- Speak slowly, but think quickly
- If someone asks you a question that you do not want to answer, smile and ask him: “Why do you want to know?”
- When you lose, do not miss the lesson
Remember the Three R’s:
- Respect yourself
- Respect others
- Responsibility for all your actions.
Lastly, smile, when you answer the phone. People hear it.
For a lot of us, we’re in the last week of work of another challenging year. I feel we, the collective we should pause even longer before we comment, post or reply. Our powers have been tested beyond what we thought we could cope with. Like All Might in My Hero Academia, you might feel like you’re at the end of your strength. But if you look within the spark of who you are will power you so you can keep going.
And in 2022 you to can proclaim, “I am here!”. (google it)
Hope you enjoyed this week’s MondayMotivator.