Tuesday, June 21, 2011

GOALS AND PROCRASTINATION



A lark made her nest in a field of young wheat. The lark was happy with her five children in the field because she knew that the wheat would be harvested some time later and not in the immediate future. As the days passed, the wheat stalks grew taller and taller and the young birds too grew in strength. Then one day, when the ripe golden grain waved in the breeze, the farmer and his son came in to the field

“This wheat is now ready for reaping”, said the farmer. “We must call in our neighbours and friends to help us harvest it”

The young larks in their nest close by were much frightened , for they knew they would be in great danger within a few days in case they did not leave the nest before the reapers came for the harvest. When the mother lark returned with food for the young ones, they told her what they had heard sometime back

“Do not be frightened, my dear children”, said the mother very calmly. “If the farmer said that he would call in his neighbours and friends to help him to do his work, this wheat will not be reaped for a while yet”

A few days later, the wheat was so ripe that when the wind shook the stalks, a hail of wheat grains started coming down rustling on the young lark’s head

“If the wheat is not harvested at once, we shall lose half the crop and we cannot wait any longer for help from our friends. Tomorrow, we must set to work, ourselves and we need no help from others”

Again this time, when the young ones, while the mother lark  returned  for feeding her children told  her what they had heard that day, she said in sharp tone “Then we must be off at once. When a man decides to do his own work and not depend on anyone else, then you can be sure there will be no more delay.”

There was much fluttering and trying out of wings that afternoon, and at sunrise next day, when the farmer and his son cut down the grain, they found an empty nest

If we have goals and procrastination, we will have nothing. But if we have goals and action, we will have everything that we want.

Do it now

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