Earlier today I found a image explaining a Greek Proverb –
“A society grows great when old men (or women) plant trees whose shade the they know they shall never sit in.”
What this immediately brought to mind is the reading for the month of scroll three of Og Mandino’s “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and the paragraph that goes like this;
“I will consider each days effort as one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may may not cause a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow by itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble.” Both of these statements speak about small tasks that are as simple as planting an acorn and tending the sprouting oak until it is a magnificent shelter for a future maybe unknown grandchild and the seemingly ineffective small blows by an axe that eventually take down that massive oak to provide firewood or lumber to build a different kind of shelter.
Putting this together with Mastery Key part 12-4 from Charles Haanel’s Master Key System
12- 4. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
Both the growing of the oak and then the bringing of it down is symbolic of the realization that I must perform these tasks with vision, faith and effort to see the end results as if the future is now. An mighty oak cannot be felled by a simple axe blow and an acorn cannot grow into a mighty oak in an instant.
My progress, growth and belief from small rather simple tasks that become mighty skills after practicing – swinging the axe over and over again and watering and tending to the oak sapling both yield something magnificent.
This is what the Masterkey system means to me. I am gaining the realization of the power of my knowledge and to dare to proclaim what I want in my life and amd developing the faith to achieve my definite purpose in life.
My name is Michael Puffer and I always keep my promises.