Do a few things well

Yikes! It’s 6:15! You overslept. Gotta go. Appointment at 8:00 with somebody you barely know but, hey, you have to meet more people to find more business. No time to waste. Quick, do your stretches, read your Bible, wolf down some breakfast, get your meds, DON’T for get to shave and iron your clothes! Out the door(did you kiss your wife/husband/kids good-bye?). Get to work quickly (why do you always get stuck behind the slowest driver on the planet!!!) so you can get the coffee on and open your email so you can spend twenty minutes cleaning out all the spam just to find the two emails you need. Off to your 8:00…………the pace goes on all day. Life in America. Or should it be?

                There is a principle that I would personally prefer to live by. I know it in two statements. The first version is “Do a few things well.” I heard this from an Army General several years ago as he talked about training soldiers. He wanted us to focus on our core mission and forget about the “stuff” that gets in the way. At that time, we had gotten caught up in doing things that were not mission related, the end result being the mission (and quality) suffered. He wanted us to go back and remove all of the stuff (he had a name for this but I can’t remember) in our schedule that was not directly connected to the accomplishment of our core mission. We did so with a vengeance. After a period of time, we regained our quality, reduced stress, and became a much better force.

                The other statement is from Charles Kuralt. You remember him, don’t you? He was host of CBS Sunday Morning for several years and is, along with Mark Twain, my favorite author. He was an “everyman” who drove the length and breadth of these United States in search of people who “do one thing supremely well.” He found them too. There was the fellow that was an absolute expert with a slingshot. Then there was the guy who could hold more eggs in his bare hand than anybody else. You can see some of Charles’ old show on You Tube (do a search on CBS Sunday Morning). Charles himself did one thing supremely well. He told stories better than anybody, anywhere. He assembled them in a few books that you can find at the library, by the way. He had the right idea.



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