Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Building Solid Foundations

When it comes to erecting a building, few people would dispute the importance of establishing a strong foundation. It's no different in building a business, a family or a life. The emphasis today is on instant gratification. But if we want to build something of value, something that will last, we must build a foundation that will support our vision.

The quick fix, the quick buck and the quick solution will not endure. The individual who shoots to the top of his or her field only to self-destruction is often the victim of not having solidified the values and the structure to support the stardom. It takes effort and it takes conviction, but the rewards are worth it.

Keep Your Eyes on What You're Building.

There was once a man passing by a construction site. He stopped and asked one of the tradesmen what he was doing. The worker replied gruffly, "I'm laying bricks, can't you see that?" The man watched a while longer and then asked another worker what he was doing. "I'm just earning a living," he replied. A third time the man asked a worker and the response was much different, "I'm building a cathedral."

No doubt the personal happiness and the quality of the work from the last man was much better than from the first two.And what about us? Are we just collecting a paycheck, doing drudgery work--laying bricks? Or are we building a cathedral?
By staying focused on what we're building and seeing the task at hand as accomplishing that purpose, we'll gain greater satisfaction, our work will be lighter, and we'll create more excellence.

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13 comments:

Darius said...

I'd just add that if your employment doesn't involve building a cathedral, then a serious avocation or volunteer work can help fill the void -

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Jesus Christ gave us perfect advice in the parable of the sower and also when he said,"No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:62 (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

starry nights said...

I think we should be building a cathedral, with a solid foundation.

The Artist said...

What beautiful posts you write. The spirit certainly moves in your writing, best wishes, The Artist.

Ekta said...

Very well said and guess its a simple truth we all know yet we keep forgetting it often!
Anything, person or relationship can be successful only if the foundation is strong!
Once the foundation is made, the job is half done!

Keshi said...

**By staying focused on what we're building and seeing the task at hand as accomplishing that purpose, we'll gain greater satisfaction, our work will be lighter, and we'll create more excellence.

Staying FOCUSED is very imp.


Keshi.

Dinma said...

Living without a solid foundation is like building your house on sand. You crumble when you are challenged by life's uncertainties just as the house is crumbled down by wind.

Etchen said...

I think being flexible to change is helpful as well--just like a building has to be able to move with the earth in times of earthquaths, so do we need to move in times when our world is shaken up.

samuru999 said...

Wonderful post!
So thought provoking!
Thank you!
You write very beautifuly!

Keshi said...

Chris Im so sorry to hear abt ur net friend! HUGGGGGGGGGGGZ it was sooo sad to hear that.

Janice is apparently dead too.

Keshi.

LZ Blogger said...

I guess when we get to the bottomline... we should ALL be about building cathedrals!

Michael said...

nice... very nice.

Take Care
Michael

christabelle said...

thks guys for ur nice words, I really appreciate all of them .

Keshi, thks dear, its so sad, thinking abt Janice... all that zeal 4 life gone? its so sad.

hi Michael. thks, hpe u'll be back.