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Who does the "heavy lifting" in your life?

     Remember the kids story book The Little Engine that Could?the little engine that could

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was all about:  I think I can,

I think I can,

I think I can,

I think I can,

I THINK I CAN make it over the hill.

 

This is the story of The Little Tree that Could, and how it said: I think I can. 

I think I can,

I think I can,

I think I can,

I THINK I CAN tip over this concrete slab!broken sidewalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     It would appear that this tree invested its entire life to the single mined purpose of lifting the sidewalk into a trip hazard.  The single lever (root) of the tree appears to have more mass than the tree trunk itself, showing the tree's tremendous "focus."

     I can just picture the tree laughing---in the darkness of night---as people attempt to pass it by.

     With time and focus it is amazing what we can accomplish.  In life we had better be careful what we focus on and spend our time on----or the hazards we create may trip us up.  Hopefully the "slabs" in your life all need lifting!

Charles Buell

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Comment balloon 11 commentsCharles Buell • February 28 2008 10:39AM
Who does the "heavy lifting" in your life?
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