January 13, 2012
Dear PsychCare Associates:
There's an old story about a man who walks by a construction site and sees workmen pushing wheelbarrows, each filled with an enormous stone. He asks one what they're doing.
"What does it look like?" he says with a sneer. "Hauling rocks."
Unsatisfied with that answer, the passerby asks another construction worker the same question.
The workman doesn't bother looking up. "We're putting up a wall."
Frustrated, the man tries one last time. "I say there," he asks the next fellow, "can you tell me what you men are doing here?"
The workman puts down his wheelbarrow, wipes his forehead and says with a broad smile, "We're building a cathedral."
Here are three men, all doing the same job. One is hauling rocks. One is putting up a wall. One is building a cathedral.
This story says a lot about the attitude that each of us brings to our lives... or could if we were willing to change our perspective.
It is Friday afternoon and it has been a very busy week. I still have many phone calls to make, administrators to follow-up with, an important conversation with Donna Murphy and trying to finalize plans regarding 2 new facilities in Melbourne. In some ways, it has felt like a week of "Hauling Rocks". Yet, when I change my perspective and refocus on the important and life changing work that each of you do, I know that "We're building a cathedral."
John Mackey, is the head of Whole Foods, the world's largest chain of natural and organic food stores. He oversees the growth of a $13-billion corporation, however, what really excites him is showing people how to enjoy longer, healthier, more disease-resistant lives. Whole Foods is launching Wellness Clubs within its stores to educate consumers and offer them free classes on nutrition, diet and healthier cooking. Will this help Whole Foods grow? I don't see how it couldn't. But to the extent that he helps his team help others to live longer, healthier lives, they are building cathedrals.
Want to put a touch of glory in your life? Find a way to change your perspective, to understand what you do in your home, in your community or your work with PsychCare meet someone else's needs or improves their lives.
The choice is ours. We can haul rocks. We can put up walls. Or we can build cathedrals.
Tom (Dr. Tom Walsh)