Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thorn Birds Exist

The Thorn Bird: There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain.... Or so says the legend.

Source: THE THORN BIRDS. Colleen McCullough. Great Britain. 1980.

I was driving today and thinking to myself why do I want to start another business again? Am I a Thorn Bird? Do I just enjoy pain? I know there is joy and fulfilment in starting a business but there's also a whole lot of pain. Moreso for those around you. I still regret the personal cost of my first venture. My mom is no longer here and during that time I could have spent so much more time with her. Today it's time away from my wife and kids that I have to be worried about. I also have a fairly stable gig. Some would say isn't that enough. Why risk it all.

Only time will tell if I'm a Thorn Bird but I'm drawn inexplicably to the thorn tree in the name of building a global business and making a difference.


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