Day 51: Three Ways Rabbits Teach Us to Multiply Our Efforts


This is the Chinese year of the rabbit. I was born in the year of the tiger, so watch out rabbit.


“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” John Steinbeck

No one can overemphasize the fact that life is short.  Rabbits know it, so they get down to the multiplying business right away.  People have a natural attraction to rabbits, but what can we learn in this year of the rabbit?

1. Ideas come and go, but like rabbits, we need to jump on them. If we handle an idea as if it’s never coming by again, we’ll get something accomplished.  Some people have so many ideas in their heads that they just can’t tackle any of them, and as we know, unrealized ideas just take up space in our heads.  Rabbits multiply quickly.  Likewise, it’s best to turn our ideas into reality.  As Nike says, “Just Do It!”

2. Relationships are here today, and like rabbits, we need not waste time. Rabbits are adorable.  When we see one, we want to play with it.  I’m enjoying a cool colleague.  For some reason, we just spur each other onward.  She will not be on our staff next year, so we’re trying to make the most of our short time together.   There’s no better time than today to spend time with a friend or family member.  Life is short, and don’t forget that children grow up fast too.

3. When we think of something good to do, like the rabbit, we need to do it right away. Don’t stop and tell friends about it.  I was reading an author’s biography.  One thing that stuck with me is that he sets aside a specific time to write, and he doesn’t spend time discussing his ideas with anyone.  This forces him to show his ideas rather than talk about them.  I like that.  I wish I could remember who the author is, but alas, I didn’t write it down, and I’m now forgetful.

In this year of the rabbit, let’s multiply our efforts and keep our creative juices flowing.


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