Friday, 30 October 2009

Longing for the endless immensity of the sea ...

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I had not come across this quote before this week and then as often happens I heard it twice in the space of 24 hours. Margot Kässmann used it in her hustings speech to the EKD and after listening to that online, I then came across it again as one of the quotes for a Bible study during our week of meetings. It's a concept that sums up leadership.