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It has been a long long time since Angie wrote anything about anything. She had been leading a hectic busy life lately. She would wake up early in the morning and sleep very late at night. Only to repeat the same thing over and over again the next day. The books she tried to read lately were waiting for her on her desk, in her closet, beside her bed, in the living room and among other stuff in her house, they have been waiting and waiting and waiting for her to continue reading. Books are patient beings, they don’t make a fuss out of nothing, they know how to wait, how to bare, how to watch peacefully and silently… They like to be visited and read from time to time. They like to hang around and to be flipped from time to time…

A few minutes ago, she opened a book she was dying to read lately and her eyes fell on the following story:

“The Goose and the Golden Egg” from Aesop’s fable.

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She read:“The goose and the Golden Egg is the story of a poor farmer who one day discovers in the nest of his pet goose a glittering golden egg. At first, he thinks it must be some kind of trick. But as he starts to throw the egg aside, he has second thoughts and takes it in to be appraised instead.

The egg is pure gold!!! The farmer can’t believe his good fortune. He becomes even more incredulous the following day when the experience is repeated. Day after day, he awakens to rush to the nest and find another  golden egg. He becomes fabulously wealthy : it all seems too good to be true.

But with his increasing wealth comes greed and impatience. Unable to wait day after day for the golden eggs, the farmer  decides he will kill the goose and get all at once. But when he opens the goose, he finds it empty. There are no golden eggs – and now there is no way to get any more. The farmer has destroyed the goose that produced them.”

The author of the book, Stephen Covey (the Seven Habits of Highly effective people) comments on this story by saying:

“within this fable is a natural law, a principle – the basic definition of effectiveness. Most people see effectiveness from the golden egg paradigm: the more your produce, the more you do, the more effective you are.

But as the story shows, true effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset or capacity to produce (the goose).

If you adopt a pattern of life that focuses on golden eggs and neglects the goose, you will soon be without the asset that produces golden eggs. On the other hand, if you only take care of the goose with no aim toward the golden eggs, you soon won’t have the wherewithal to feed yourself or the goose.

Effectiveness lies in the balance : the balance between the production (0r the desired results or in other terms : the golden eggs) and between the production capacity (the ability or asset that produces the golden eggs).”

Angie took a deep breath and thought to herself : “Am I balanced in my life? Am I balancing my production and my prodcution capacity? Do I need to reconsider my priorities? …

(By Zeina Gabriel)

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