If You’re Standing Still
You’re falling behind
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
I saw a statement in an article: “If you’re standing still, you’re falling behind.” That’s probably true in this competitive world we live in, but, on the other hand, what about the story of the tortoise and the hare? Is speed and perpetual motion the only way to achieve success? I think not.
I consider myself a good worker, and none of the reasons for my thinking so have anything to do with speed. I’m not slow or fast when I’m working on a project, but somewhere in between. I believe a steady pace with attention to detail is the way to achieve success, no matter what our task might be. And if we get tired, or encounter a situation which requires thought and possibly a change in plan or direction, we should take a break, step back, and consider the situation.
In the commercial construction industry, speed is important—time is money, and like any other business, money is the number one consideration. But over the years, I discovered that pushing too hard—putting too much emphasis on speed—could cause costly mistakes. And, getting finished on time wasn’t anything to boast about if the budget was overrun due to those mistakes.
Why are we in such an all-fired hurry! I’m betting if we learn to slow down and be still, letting the world rush past, we’ll enjoy life a whole lot more than when we try to keep up with the manic masses.