Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A Weak Foundation is Way More Expensive

Have you heard of the leaning tower of Pisa? More likely, you have. It’s a freestanding tilting bell tower of the Italian city of Pisa.

I also knew of a tower building in Manila which also looked like that tower in Pisa. Because it’s crooked, engineers had to retrofit its foundation with lots of deep repairs.

Both of these towers (leaning or crooked) have one thing in common: a weak foundation. They’re dangerous places if not repaired enough.

Here’s the problem: the repairs of the weak foundation are way more expensive than when the original towers were built.

Foundations matter. When they’re not strong or deep enough, what you build is surely bound to collapse.

So is with our life. The only one life we have. Without a strong foundation, we sabotage our selves and relationships. We waste our limited supply of time and resources.

In a world that loves quick fixes, this is a challenging task.

Broken lives, broken marriages, broken families, even broken societies are all signs of a weak foundation in personal development.

When you do psychotherapy, it’s like repairing a weak foundation of a building. Compared to the beginnings of early life, a later repairs do cost more in terms of time, effort, and money.

But do you have a choice other than making up for the missed developments of your life’s foundation?

It’s a basic question. A choice between life or death.

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)