The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg...
Our Weekly 2 Minute Read
Chances are we’ve heard of Aesop’s fable of the goose that laid the golden egg; the Greek tale of greed and short-sightedness leading to the destruction of valuable resources.
The moral of the story was that the owner of the goose that laid the golden egg was not satisfied with just the one golden egg that the goose would lay from time to time. So the owner ended up killing the goose to get all the golden eggs that were thought to be inside only to find that it was just like every other goose; there were no golden eggs inside.
In our everyday lives, we all work towards something, some harder than others. The bigger the goal, the bigger the effort; the larger the why, the larger the try. While we are working hard to achieve a goal and utilizing resources to do so, it is important to remember that one of the most valuable resources in the world is ourselves. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. You are the goose that lays the golden egg.
Prioritizing time a few days a week to renew our resources can make a big impact in accomplishing the important tasks that are the difference makers during the week. One of the most important resources being ourselves; it is important that we take care of ourselves. Stephen Covey says there are 4 areas to keep in mind: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual. Physical being the body, Mental being the mind, Emotional being relationships, and Spiritual being the spirit or soul.
Personally I like working out for physical, reading for mental, social events/zoom calls/text messages with family and friends for emotional and meditation or philanthropy for spiritual.
As we take care of ourselves and seeing the positive impact that it has on our daily life, we can translate that to the work that we do and the people that we work with. We can also transfer that care we have with ourselves to the care we have with the people around us and the resources we utilize to produce a result.
It would be bad if it was the other way around; a world where we don’t take care of ourselves, we don’t care about the people we work with, we don’t change the oil in our cars, we don’t clean the equipment we use. We would end up killing the goose that laid the golden egg.