Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Favorite sayings: Behold the turtle...
he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.
This was another gem gleaned from a friend's bedroom poster in the 70's.This simple poster encouraged me to take risks. (But when you take risks, it sometimes gets messy.)
Decades later I read a proverb, "Where no oxen are, the crib is clean, but much increase is gotten by the strength of an ox."
Simply put, oxen make messes, but they get a lot done.
I've heard it put this way, "The only people not making mistakes are those who are doing nothing."
The Chinese have a story about an apprentice who is instructed that it takes 10,000 mistakes in making a tea cup before you are a true artisan.
I say, if you want to get good at something, you're going to make a lot of mistakes, so get busy! Stick your neck out!
Very little damage is done by a turtle anyway. Live large!