Card of the Month (June 2013)
Key theme: Putting Ideas into Practice?
How good are you at turning those great ideas you
not infrequently come up with into concrete action? When Are there circumstances when talking about the idea in and of itself is good enough, but alternatively under what circumstances do you develop what you think is a really good concept and yet your failure to take action is a disappointment?
That's the not so easy set of questions raised by the fable of Canary Yellow. The story details the friendship of Canary and his keeper Mrs. Robinson. They are the best of companions, taking trips together, recounting tales of their pasts and entertaining friends with their adventures. Mrs. Robinson is always ready to listen to Canary's chatter, and in turn, Canary enjoys watching the movies that made Mrs. Robinson famous.
Enter into their lives the screenplay the two of them propose to write. That's right, a version of the great American novel, a story about a Canary who was going to save the world. They're so intrigued by the work that they let everyone know about it. On a cruise to Australia, it's all they can talk about. Ditto in conversations with family members. Mrs. Robinson's daughter even buys them a computer to make the task easier.
But You guessed it. The two friends like to converse more than they like to engage in the work of actually producing the play. As they discuss their material, the typewriter is put away in a closet, and even a first chapter doesn't make it to paper.
So there are alternative ways to view the fable.
Have Canary and Mrs. Robinson missed a
key opportunity to leave a record of their activities by actually writing the play? Have they gotten stuck in their chatter, failing to take their idea to the next level? On the other hand, Canary and Mrs. Robinson have developed a wonderfully close friendship, listening to, supporting and conversing with each other. Do we focus on this friendship and all its closeness thus highlighting the positive, or do we focus on the ways the two friends have failed to act?
The tale raises interesting questions about the appropriate balance between talk/conversation and work/action.
What's your take on this interesting story?