Friday Wisdom: Motivation

This week a longer bit of wisdom.  This was a favorite story my father would tell:

There was a man named Joe who worked swing shift at the local factory. He lived within walking distance of the factory. In the afternoon he would take the shortcut through the cemetery, but at mid-night he’d take the longer way home that avoided the scary dark of the gravestones.

One rainy, windy night, Joe decided that he’d risk walking home through the cemetery so he wasn’t out in the storm as long.

It started out well, but about half way through the cemetery, Joe tripped over a pile of dirt and into an open grave that was being prepared for the next day. The grave was deep and Joe couldn’t reach the top. Try as he might, he just couldn’t seem to get out. With each effort to climb, dirt would fall on him and as he got close to the top, the rain had turned the dirt to mud and Joe would fall back.

So after awhile Joe stopped trying and huddled into a dry corner of the grave figuring that in the morning the gravediggers would find him and they would get him out.

After an hour, another man from the factory, Bob, was taking the same path and fell into the same grave. Bob also struggled but clearly wasn’t doing much better getting out. Bob wasn’t aware that Joe was there and finally from his dark corner of the grave Joe said, “Bob, You’ll never get out.”

But you know what? Bob did.

More wisdom next week,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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14 Responses to Friday Wisdom: Motivation

  1. Ah, poor Bob. And poor Joe. If only he’d gotten that extra bit of motivation too.


  2. artseafartsea says:

    Too funny!


  3. His terror produced ample amounts of adrenaline to fly him up and away!


  4. Oh come on–how’d he do it? Inquiring minds want to know.


  5. I’d say he was so startled, he flew right out! …But I’ll go with teamwork. 😉
    Another good wisdom.


  6. davidprosser says:

    Isolationism is no good when you need a bit of co-operation.

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