Monday, March 15, 2010

Worn out for a Week

Years ago when I was commander of an Army company, I had an interesting conversation with a lieutenant. He knew some martial arts and his father was very proficient. I asked him if his father could break stacks of bricks. The lieutenant said that he could, but he didn't like to do it because the concentration required would wear him out for a week.

I have long considered what the lieutenant said and how it applies in my own life. I can see how some undertakings take a psychic and physical toll. I expend concentration and I can break the bricks but I am left exhausted.

Years ago my grandfather Joe said, "Decide what you want to do, and decide if you want to pay the price." As I get older, I realize I must be more judicious in how I expend my energy.

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