A lot of what I do is watch and wait. It’s literally as synonymous to a stake-out. I watch activity and report new findings. Then, if necessary, I go in for the kill if I find something good.
As exciting as that is, some days the waiting can be a little blah. Waiting for something to happen, wanting something to happen, and if you’re not careful, you end up be the one making something happen. Although I love taking risks, you almost never want to do that. You’re on stake-out, remember? Don’t blow your cover! Unseen/unheard.
Today is one of those days to watch and wait. Therefore, I’m going to let you in on a book that I’ve been reading. Metaphorically, this book directly aligns with how I apply my professional and personal life philosophies.
The book that I’m reading is, “Being There” by Jerzy Kosinki. This book is about a simple gardener named Chauncey. He never learned to read and right but found himself in the company of some prominent people like the President of United States, the Financial Institute and of America, and more.
Addressing the President, Chauncey said, “In a garden, growth has its season. There are spring and summer, but there are also fall and winter. And then spring and summer again. As long as the roots are not severed, all is well and all will be well.”
Because Chauncey is so simple and the garden happens to be all he knows, he relates everything he’s asked to how he managed and maintained his garden. It was his simple philosophy that gained him the company of the President, the Soviet Union, the Financial Institute and more.
In a garden, things grow…but first, they must wither; trees have to lose their leaves in order to put forth new leaves, and growth thicker and stronger and taller. Some trees die, but fresh saplings replace them. Gardens need lots of care. But if you love your garden, you don’t mind working in it, and waiting. Then in the proper season you will surely see it flourish.”-Chauncey; Being There
Did that move you? It’s so true, isn’t it?
There’s also a movie for the book. Of course books are always better, so I suggest reading the book first, but the choice is yours.
One of my favorite scenes happens to be the ending. Click the link below to view and tell me what you think.
Listen to the words.
There’s no accountant that can audit life in our favor…