Wednesday, June 06, 2007

How to Lay a Golden Egg

I'm reading Stephen Covey's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" for a seminar I'm in next week. Today, I thought I'd share a little insight.

You know the story about the golden egg, right? A farmer finds that his goose continually lays golden eggs but in the end kills the goose out of greed. I try and use this parable in life. Sometimes we focus too much on the golden eggs of life and not on maintaining or taking care of the goose that's laying them. Long term prosperity, health and happiness lies in maintenance of the provider not in harvesting the eggs.

On the other hand one can't spend their life tending to the goose without using up any of the eggs. Sort of like the health nut that spends 4 hours a day in the gym taking care of his body but has no life to speak for it. Or the person who puts all his money in his 401K (goose), saving for tomorrow without living (eggs) for today.

What are you doing? Are you using life's golden eggs and striking a balance by tending to the goose?

Or are you depleting your savings (goose) for short-term needs (eggs)? Remember, your savings (goose) produces interest (eggs).

What about in relationships. Are you enjoying a love experience (eggs) while taking advantage of a loved one (goose)? By taking all the love without taking time to listen, tend to his wants and foster your relationship that love will soon be gone -- a sad slow toxic death.

As you go about the day, don't over work yourself into producing too many eggs without taking the time to care for you! For you are the biggest producer of those golden eggs. On the other hand, maybe you're one of those that needs to cash one in.

1 comment:

Donnie said...

I have a sinking suspiscion that I'm one of those people who tends to the goose without using any of the eggs. I really need to change that.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. ;)