Rome - Built in a Day?
There is an old anecdote about three travellers who came to Rome. They went to see the Pope who asked of the first, ’How long are you going to be here?’ The man said for three months. The Pope said, ’Then you will be able to see much of Rome.’ In answer to how long he was going to stay, the second traveller replied that he could only stay for six weeks. The Pope said, ’Then you will be able to see more than the first.’ The third traveller said he would only be in Rome for two weeks, to which the Pope said, ’You are fortunate, because you will be able to see everything there is to see!’
They were puzzled – because they didn’t understand the mechanism of the mind. For me the lesson is that we think we have plenty of time and consequently put off those things which are most important. We live on Someday Isle. I like this parable because it reminds us to wake up with the dawn, with a crystal clear vision of what is important that day, the motivation to get it done, and not put it off until another day.
None of us really know how long we have. Rome was not built in a day but you can be certain that every single minute of every single hour of every single day was spent contributing to what we know as Rome today.
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