The mighty oak.
Iconic symbol of strength.
Its spreading branches will never get so large as to tip its balance to one side or the other.
Its roots are said to be twice as large below ground as the branches we see above ground.
It is stable.
It gets stronger with time.
Even in this juvenile state, only about 10 years old.
It will live a long time, said to be centuries.
It will grow tall.
All manner of animals love its spreading branches for their homes.
It is a giver.
It asks little in return.
It grows without much care.
And its beauty changes season to season.
Its poetry is evident, and its symbolism is utilized in so many different types of literature.
Fire, fungus, drought, lightning, wind, ice and a hollow trunk.
The lowly grass.
It is humble.
It is small.
It needs regular trimming to prevent its ugly growth.
It is considered a weed by some, albeit an attractive one.
It does dress differently from season to season, but its winter dress is not very attractive.
It grows fast.
It sustains itself during drought.
It comes back after mistreatment.
Its resiliency is legendary.
It has many cousins, of different colors, stripes, sizes and abilities.
It is used to decorate, to rim, as a border and as a spreading carpet.
It is lovely when maintained by a loving caretaker.
It too provides a home for all manner of animal life.
Fire, fungus and a lack of proper mineral content in the soil.
Which is stronger - the mighty oak or the lowly grass?
Which could survive a year-long drought? Or crushing weight? Or a severe fire? Or being cut to its root? Or a 200 mile-an-hour wind?
THE MIGHTY OAK OR THE LOWLY GRASS. WHICH IS STRONGER?
THE MIGHTY OAK OR THE LOWLY GRASS. WHICH ARE YOU?
In business we need to prepare for a variety of things. Things that buffet us. Things that want to destroy us. Drought. High winds. Competition. The constant supply of the "air," "water," "food," and "vitamins" that all business needs. Can we survive being cut down to size, virtually to the root? Are we resilient or are we too stiff to bend? Are we balanced enough to roll with the punches? Can we grow freely or do we (or should we) need to be pruned from time to time by a loving caretaker or mentor? Are we gathering information to improve our state? Do we change with the times?
Analogies abound. We could go on forever. We could consider this in all aspects of our lives, not simply in our businesses. How resilient are we?
But, consider these two creations -- which are you?
OR ARE YOU A COMBINATION OF EACH?
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560