THE LITTLE NAIL

As the story goes, a new church was built and people came from far and wide to see it, and admire its beauty. Up on the roof of the church, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely new structure, except the nail. No one even knew he was there and he became very angry and jealous.

‘If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!’

So the nail released its hold of the roof shingle it had been holding in place, then slid down the roof and fell into a muddy patch of ground.

That night it rained and rained, and the wind blew hard. Soon, the shingle that had no nail holding it in place blew away and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the walls and the beautiful murals. The plaster began to fall off the walls, the carpet was stained and the pulpit was badly damaged. All this because a little nail decided to quit.

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Reflect on the little  nail for a while.  While holding the shingle, it was obscure, but it was also very useful. Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now it was of no use and would soon by eaten up by rust.

Remember that like the nail, no matter how small you think you are, you have an important role to play in society.

GET OFF THE NAIL

There was a young man walking down the street and happened to see a old man sitting on his porch. Next to the old man was his dog, who was whining and whimpering. The young man asked the old man “What’s wrong with your dog” The old man said “He’s laying on a nail”. The young man asked “Laying on a nail?, Well why doesn’t he get up?” The old man then replied “It’s not hurting bad enough.”

Source | Les Brown, Live Your Dreams
(William Morrow Paperbacks, July 1994) page 194

PONDER AND CONSIDER

There are two reasons people make changes in their lives: inspiration or desperation. In the final analysis what really matters is not what happened to you but what you are prepared to do about it. Are you going to  moan, groan, and complain, shrinking into fear or are you going to wake up, get up, and tap into the seeds of greatness and possibility within you?

  • “To have something you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done.” | anon
  • “If you don’t make things happen then things will happen to you.” | Robert Collier
  • “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” | Henry Ford
  • “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” | Anthony J. D’Angelo

 

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