scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: SM minutes
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 14:22:23 CST
Abraham Lincoln once said "If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd
spend six sharpening my axe".
What he was saying here is that preparation is important. In fact, it's so
important that quite often the planning and preparation takes longer than
the actual job.
I've often found this to be true. When I jump in and do something without
too much preparation or thought I often have to go back to correct or
repair something, or even do the whole thing over again. But if I plan my
work out and make sure I have all my tools and supplies before I start the
job goes better. It seems like I'm putting in more work, but that's not
the case, because it's done right the first time, and I don't have to go
back to re-do anything.
I was speaking with a retired nurse the other day, a friend of my Mom's,
and she told me something interesting. She was talking about someone who
had been in an accident and had multiple fractures and she said that in
cases like this the bones don't all heal at the same time. I'm probably
not explaining this in good medical terms, but the body works on the worst
break first, and when that's well on the way to being healed, it starts
working on another. This surprised me; I would have thought that they
would all heal at once.
As I thought about this, I got to thinking that this is a good way to
handle daily tasks. Most of us are very busy, and are trying to do lots of
stuff all at once. We run from one to another, doing a little bit here
and a little bit there. Sometimes it might be a good idea to slow down,
look things over, and set some priorities. Then do the most important
things first and then move on to something else.
You might find you get more done faster this way.
Don't remember if I've posted this one:
I recently read a deceptivly simple comment: Everyone defines success
differently. It brought back memories of my first job. A friend and I
used to play chess on our lunch hour. Now, we were fairly evenly matched
but he was a little bit better player than I and nine times out of ten he
would win. This didn't bother me too much because I was looking for a good
game and that's what I got. When I did win it was great but it was a
little extra pleasure--the "frosting on the cake" as the saying goes.
But my friend was always very upset when he lost. He wanted to win and was
mad when he didn't.
This is true in every aspect of life. In the workplace some people work
overtime for more money; others for extra time off. Some people go to
school to advance in their career, others to prepare for a new career, and
others just for the joy of learning.
I guess what I'm saying is that each of you should sit down sometime and
figure out what you want out of life. Decide what you consider success and
work towards that goal. Don't choose someone elses definition--decide for
yourself. Remember: Everyone defines success differently.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.