What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

A story is told of 3 men at a building site. They each had a large boulder that they were cutting/chiselling to smaller stones to be used in construction. A passer-by was curious about the work these people were involved in and decided to engage them in conversation.

  • Traveller: What are you doing, my friend?
  • Worker 1: I am splitting rocks. Can’t you see? Back breaking work for peanut pay.

The traveller moved to the second guy with the same question

  • Traveller: What are you doing, my friend?
  • Worker 2: I am working to earn a living so I can provide for my family.

And to the third guy the traveller posed the same question

  • Traveller: What are you doing, my friend?
  • Worker 3: I am building a cathedral. People will come from far and wide to worship and receive consolation.

And you, what are you doing? Are you splitting rocks or building a cathedral. The mindset is different even though the task is the same. What is your attitude towards the work? Do you think you should change it?

A more complete version of this story can be found at this link.

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