(see also WORKAHOLIC)
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of an incident that may have seemed
insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The
winter he was 9, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-
nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped
him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow's flight,
and then young Frank's tracks meandering all over the field. "Notice how your tracks
wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again," his uncle
said. "And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in
Years later the world-famous architect liked to tell how this experience had greatly
contributed to his philosophy in life. "I determined right then," he'd say with
a twinkle in his eye, "not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had."
on the Family letter, September, 1992, p. 14.
Imagine a wick that is placed in oil, and then lit. If the oil runs out, the wick
burns. As long as there is oil, the wick doesn't burn. As long as we are living in
dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, we don't burn out. The question to ask: what's
On Jan 25, 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Colombia crashed just 15 miles short of New
York's Kennedy International Airport, killing 73 passengers. Reason: the plane just ran
out of gas. Under international regulations, an airliner must carry enough fuel to reach
its destination as well as its assigned alternate, plus enough extra to handle at least 45
minutes of delays. Due to low fuel condition, the Avianca pilots had requested
"priority" (not "emergency") landing. Because the exact word
"emergency" was not used, and due to heavy traffic and bad weather conditions,
the ill-fated plane was placed on a holding pattern...until it simply ran out of gas.
A first-grader wondered why her father brought home a briefcase full of work every
evening. Her mother explained, "Daddy has so much to do that he can't finish it all
at the office." "Well, then," asked the child innocently, "why don't
they put him in a slower group?"
Daily Bread, August 8, 1989.
STATISTICS AND STUFF
The "Coronary and Ulcer Club" lists the following rules for members...
1. Your job comes first. Forget everything else.
2. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are fine times to be working at the office. There will
be nobody else there to bother you.
3. Always have your briefcase with you when not at your desk. This provides an opportunity
to review completely all the troubles and worries of the day.
4. Never say "no" to a request. Always say "yes."
5. Accept all invitations to meetings, banquets, committees, etc.
6. All forms of recreation are a waste of time.
7. Never delegate responsibility to others; carry the entire load yourself.
8. If your work calls for traveling, work all day and travel at night to keep that
appointment you made for eight the next morning.
9. No matter how many jobs you already are doing, remember you always can take on more.
Bits & Pieces, January 7, 1993, pp. 9-10.