Friday, July 27, 2018

The Three Bricklayers - Inspirational Parable about Communication & Attitude

I was at a work talk, which was pretty mundane, but at the end the speaker was telling the story of The Three Bricklayers to drive home the idea of having the right attitude and understanding the big picture. Basically the story goes like this,

"Someone saw three men working. He asked the first man what he was doing and the man said he was laying bricks. He asked the second man the same question and he said he was putting up a wall. When he got to the third man and asked him what he was doing he said he was building a cathedral."

They were all doing the same thing. The first man had a job. The second man had a career. The third man had a calling.

At an organisational level, it's important for an employee to know that no matter how small our job is or how insignificant it may seem, we are all laying bricks to build the company up. There is a big picture in our daily actions, and what little we do still makes a difference.

On hearing that parable, I related it more to me being a mum and how I communicate to Lil Pumpkin about her studies, though.

As she progresses through her schooling years, her school load is getting more and more intensive. Every other day, I'm telling her to "study hard", or "do your homework" or "remember your revision" etc. Even I reckon that I sound like a broken record and find it sian to say it over, and over again...

I know Lil Pumpkin is a curious child and likes learning new things, but sometimes schoolwork or listening in class can be boring. Rather than just reminding her on completing the immediate task e.g. learn her spelling or finish her homework, I should remind her to see the end result and focus on the bigger picture i.e. gaining more knowledge, creating a life that she wants, being a useful citizen of the world, having the ability to positively impact others in the future etc.

Maybe then, she would be more self-motivated to strive on completing the challenging tasks at hand without me prompting, and not be disappointed if she has mini set-backs in her schooling journey.

Lil Pumpkin may be laying bricks every day, but if she can envision her own personal "cathedral", she will enjoy her school years more, and grow more through the process. Right? #mummymusings


An Apel a Day said...

I have 2 very different children when it comes to learning. Mica's a self starter, get it done kind of a person. He only does what's asked of him. Does it well though. Isaak's the type that always seems to need help, and needs people to play with him. He is a group type kid. When he does do things on his own it takes him forever because he does what's being ask + much more. It's so odd how 2 kids that came from the same people could be so very different!

It's good you do things that are inspirational. I've had the boys listen to the Dalai Lama in the car. I hope some of it stuck.

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's a wonderful parable! I like how you related it to Little Pumpkin and her schooling. Hopefully, she will excel in her studies with such amazing parents backing her.