Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.” – Alfred A. Montapert

There is a big difference between activity and accomplishment. This was demonstrated by a French scientist named Fabre. He conducted an experiment with processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars instinctively follow the one in front of them. Fabre arranged them in a circle on the rim of a flowerpot; thus the lead caterpillar was behind the last one. Fabre put food for the caterpillars in the centre of the flower pot. The caterpillars kept travelling around in a circle on the pot’s rim. Eventually, after a week of circling around, they dropped dead of exhaustion and starvation with food only inches away from them. We need to learn a lesson from the caterpillars. Just because you are doing something, doesn’t mean you are getting anywhere. One must evaluate one’s activity in order to have accomplishment.

If we confuse activity with accomplishment, we could be making great time but we won’t get anywhere.

Published by johnranjit

Lifestyle Blogger

5 thoughts on “MEANINGLESS GOALS

  1. A Lesson to be learned in your caterpillar analogy John no-doubt! Yet, perhaps this ill-conceived continuous looping can be applied as a warning to our assumptions, our perspectives and our hard-core beliefs as well. Do they not have a mental looping effect on how we see the world and those that live in it? True or not?

    “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” ― Isaac Asimov

    1. ❤ There are many perspectives to this , but the title of my Blog is about Managing Ourselves , so of you see the analogy about Managing ourself, then it can be compared with progress or just activity .

      1. Yes I understand you meant physical activity vs progress management and I suppose I did jump the gun and extend it to include managing ourselves mentally as well. I apologize if I exceeded your title’s boundaries John. That was not my intent.

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