Use What You’ve Got. Want What You Already Have.

A farmer was trying to get her geese to lay golden eggs. She played her flute, hoping to inspire them. She played and played. A few eggs plopped out but not one of them was golden.

“Did you have a good day?” the farmer’s husband asked her later that night.

“It wasn’t a good day for golden eggs,” the farmer said. “But it was a wonderful day for making music.”

Maybe we fall short of our most-desired goals. But we can still look at what’s right in our lives rather than what’s wrong. We can focus our attention on what we have accomplished rather than what we haven’t.

Today’s reminder: Use what we’ve got. Want what we already have.

I’m sure you’ve heard that story before but I made the flute-player a woman not a man just to stir things up a bit. Coming up soon: an interview with Lisa Barr, author of the novel, Fugitive Colors.

And I’m giving away a paperback copy of The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle on goodreads beginning July 3 so stay tuned!

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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6 Responses to Use What You’ve Got. Want What You Already Have.

  1. umashankar says:

    Beautiful post; it shook me out of my reveries.

  2. We all need occasional reminders, Diana. Especially me!

  3. What a lovely example, Diana, and an inspiring nudge.
    The photo is made to order, just how I picture the farmer…if she had a flute instead of a pitch fork.
    Excellent post.

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