Food For Thought for Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The Temple       

About 1000 years ago, a sage was drawn to a construction site. He watched from the edge of a clearing(?) in the forest as the workmen bent over their individual tasks.Finally his curiosity drove him to one workman at the edge of the site, whom he asked "What are you doing, my good man?" The workman looked up briefly and went back to his work "I’m working" he said curtly.

Not satisfied with the answer, the sage approached a second workman to ask him the same question. "You can see I’m breaking stones" he replied.

The sage was made of stern stuff and he wasn’t leaving without an answer, so he walked over to a third workman with the question. "I’m building a temple" replied this workman smilingly.

The incident opened the sage’s eyes, because all three of them were breaking boulders into smaller stones, but in their minds they were not doing the same jobs.

The third workman was working for a cause much larger than himself and it showed in his approach to work.

You can just do a day’s work, or build a career, a team, an organization, or a nation
An individual’s overpowering ambition can be the glue that holds together and powers forward a team, an army or a country.

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