My kids are currently obsessed with (affiliate link coming up . . . now) The Cosby Show. I find myself laughing out loud while I’m making dinner and they’re watching in the living room. That show really was a classic.
One of Heathcliff’s Fatherly Wisdom Speeches struck me.
Theo (my boys’ favorite) had been struggling in math. He worked hard and brought up his grade. The speech, however, came AFTER the good grade.
Dr. Huxtable was encouraging him to USE his success. To not bask in it and then let the momentum fizzle.
Sound familiar? It did to me.
He shared a story his own father/college professor/some-other-fictional-character-I-can’t-remember-exactly had told him.
It went something like this:
“Do you know that a jet uses the vast majority of its fuel during takeoff? Taking off requires way more energy than flying. An airplane uses much less fuel by taking off and then flying to its destination than it would if it went the same distance but kept landing and taking off again.”
Hmmmm. Pretty profound, Cliff.
It reminds me of this post. I used a wagon wheel as my analogy, but it’s the same concept.
If I can just maintain altitude, SO much less energy is required than if I start and stop and start and stop.
Over and over again.
How’s your summer going? I’m trying to maintain my altitude by doing the basics.--Nony