If your like most people you simply jump out of bed in the morning. All that is on your mind is what things are happening in your life. Something to think about…
THE POWER OF SOLITUDE
Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, portrays the whaling industry of his
time. In today’s world, his book may likely upset readers who share more
enlightened attitudes about the use and abuse of animals. But a scene in
the story can teach us even today something about the power of solitude
and focus in daily life.
Melville gives us a turbulent scene in which a whaleboat scuds across a
frothing ocean in pursuit of the great white whale. The sailors are
laboring to keep the vessel on course in a raging sea, every muscle taut.
They labor furiously as they concentrate on the task at hand. In Captain
Ahab’s boat, however, there is one man who does nothing. He doesn’t hold
an oar; he doesn’t perspire; he doesn’t shout. He is languid – utterly
relaxed, quiet and poised. This man is the harpooner, and his job is to
patiently wait for the moment. Then Melville gives us this sentence: To
insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooners of this world
must start to their feet out of idleness, and not out of toil.
What a marvelous picture for effective living! Those who would live each
day to the fullest must prepare for them from a state of idleness rather
than toil. For many people this means a daily period of quiet and
meditation to focus, plan or pray.
Self help expert Brian Tracy calls it an indispensable daily time of
planning and preparation. He suggests that we devote a full hour to alone
time every morning. That is when we set our daily priorities so that we,
and not events, are in charge of our lives.
I don’t have time for that! some people complain. My life is simply too
busy to add one more thing to it.
But most people find that a regular period of solitude to chart the day’s
course, still the mind, listen and prepare actually creates more time than
it takes. For we are most effective when we start to our feet out of
idleness and not out of toil.
By Steve Goodier