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“The boy picked up the spoon and returned to his exploration of the palace, this time observing all of the works of art on the ceilings and the walls. He saw the gardens, the mountains all around him, the beauty of the flowers, and the taste with which everything had been selected. Upon returning to the wise man, he related in detail everything he had seen.
'But where are the drops of oil I entrusted to you?' asked the wise man.
Looking down at the spoon he held, the boy saw that the oil was gone.
'Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you,' said the wisest of wise men. 'The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.'" - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
In The Alchemist, the parable of a boy visiting the wise man tells that initially the boy focuses on the oil in the spoon but misses the wonders of the world. The second time the boy observes the wonder but the drops of oil in the spoon are long forgotten. This dichotomy does well to illuminate the myth that surrounding “you can do it all.” A more substantial replacement might be you can anything but may not be able to do everything without setting priorities.
“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” – Tim Farriss