Today’s world is in a ‘fast paced, express line, get it done yesterday’ time warp. People are simultaneously shaving, texting, and driving. No one will read the second part of a letter or email if the first part doesn’t grab their attention. It’s all about the ‘hook’.
I admit it. I am a product of this environment. I am rarely able to turn off my phone without at least a mild sense of dread that I will miss something. But I must question. How is this serving us?
Are we building businesses, legacies, relationships that last? Or are we simply satiating this ever frantic desire for immediate gratification?
Take a look at the photo to your right. This is a lovely picture of Gallarus Oratory on Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. Gallarus Oratory is an early Christian church thought to be built between the 6th and 9th century. Constructed with stones from the region, slightly angled and no mortar, this structure has endured the elements for centuries. Why?
Was it the faith, dedication, and skill of the craftsman? Was it the devotion to the ultimate purpose of the building? Was it the time to carefully select and perfectly fit the stones together? Or was it the innate wisdom that things of value are worthy of time and commitment?
What are you building?
Do you want to have a relationship of two individuals that fit together so purely and perfectly that nothing could tear them apart? Are you willing to spend the time building a foundation of love, affection, connection and support?
Do you want to have a business that is substantial enough to sustain you, your family, and give back to the community and the world? Are you willing to devote the time to the building blocks of success…communication, cooperation, creativity, competence?
Do you want to have a life you love…to go beyond existing and truly thrive? Are you willing to make hard decisions, do the right thing, search inside, take action, and follow your dreams?
“The great successful men (and women) of the world have used their imaginations… they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building / steadily building.” Robert Collier
Much like Gallarus Oratory, with skill, time, and dedication, you can build a dream that will weather any storm. And remember that the tools, like the stones that were indigenous to Ireland, may not be far from reach. Have conviction in the value of your goal and open your mind to the help that surrounds you.
Action Step: Decide what it is you would like to create. Make a list of the building blocks that will get you there. Then take a deep breath and say “This dream is worthy of the time and commitment to produce it!”