Sticks, Bricks, and Straw…

Mitch Schneider
October 29, 2021

There are times when the most you can hope for is relief. An end to the frustration that accompanies the void. The empty space left by the vacuum of lost creativity. Then, any break is worth celebrating until the next time you find yourself staring at a blank monitor joyfully staring right back at you.

These lapses of productivity fall into categories. You can’t figure out how to say what you want or need to say. You’re stuck just figuring out what needs to be said. Or you can’t find a ‘hook.’ A clever way to get started saying anything at all.

This time I know what I want to say. The lesson I want to share. I just don’t know how to get started saying it. In the past, I’ve solved that problem by writing about something. Anything. Sometimes, pages of anything. Enough pages to reach Rapunzel.

The problem is a clever introduction. I can’t find one, so I’ll just get started writing about the 3 Little Pigs.

The 3 Little Pigs?

What could the 3 Little Pigs have to do with anything worth sharing? The answer is simple. Anytime something can be used as a parable, allegory, or metaphor, the answer is lots! Just look at the plotline and the cast of characters.

The first little pig built a house out of straw. Why? Because it was quick and easy. Probably, cheap as well. He wasn’t willing to do the work and failed to anticipate fires, gale-force winds, and the possibility of an economic downturn or two. He certainly failed to consider a big, bad, fully committed wolf ready to huff and puff and blow his house to pieces!

The next little pig was more industrious and certainly more far-sighted. He built his house out of sticks. Unquestionably sturdier than straw. He was willing to work a little harder. Think ahead a little farther and put in just a little more effort. But, alas, it proved inadequate. It didn’t meet the Code required to protect its occupants against a determined wolf.

The third pig was clever. Farsighted and willing to sacrifice short-term savings for long-term durability. He dedicated himself to the training and education necessary to build something of consequence and made the investment required to build a structure that would stand the test of time and a wolf on a mission.

the Right Choice

We all have at least a trace of each of the three little pigs living inside of us. Two tempting us with varying degrees of the expedient, while the third advocates for the right choice. The correct, yet sometimes more difficult path.

At some point, each of us will be forced to confront a big, bad, wolf of one kind or another. Wouldn’t it be great to know that when that happens, and we had the choice of building our future out of sticks, bricks, and straw, we made the right choice?


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