Our bodies need potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. The good news is that a banana supplies about 10% of the potassium we need each day. The bad news: potassium is toxic. Potassium poisoning is called hyperkalemia, not a pleasant condition. Before throwing out all your bananas, read on.
Tenure made it possible for university professors to teach without fear of being fired regardless of prevailing politics. Making it impossible to terminate a teacher seemed a good idea. Yet, tenure has allowed professors to indoctrinate students with their own prejudices and beliefs rather than teach them. Some tenured professors also get sloppy about teaching, seeing no need to engage with their material or students.
Unions once served a vital need. However, many have told of gaining a union job where it is almost impossible to be fired and being sternly warned by fellow workers to slow down productivity. After all, one hard worker highlights the lack of industry of others. He or she also makes it harder for the department to demand more employees.
Slow is the operative word. Have you noticed how slowly some post office clerks saunter to serve you? How about Department of Motor Vehicles workers? In Washington DC most of the people rushing are on their way to lunch. In fact, few government workers exhibit the slightest urgency about their work.
If you’re trying to obtain a job, a promotion or a raise, never meander. Stride purposefully even if you’re going to the washroom. Few behaviors irritate the person paying your salary more than seeing you amble around as if on a seaside promenade.
Always act as if there is a shortage of time. You know why? Because there really is a shortage of time. Here’s a bonus: acting with urgency brings professional advancement. As the wise King Solomon put it:
See a man urgent about his work—he will stand among kings.
It is bad enough that dawdling makes you look listless and lethargic to others. Far worse, that is also how you begin to appear to yourself. Drifting through your day makes you feel complacent and fills you with an illusion of security. Few of us do our best work while feeling overly secure.
When your boss says, “I want you to feel at home here,” he doesn’t mean he wants to see you draped lazily over a couch for the afternoon.
For best results, even in our homes, husbands and wives shouldn’t feel too much at home! Taking the most important relationships in our lives for granted is a recipe for disaster.
God’s wisdom ensures that even on your own land in Israel, you shouldn’t feel too laid-back and over-secure. You thought it was your own land? Well, guess what! You can’t sell it completely.
The land shall not be sold in perpetuity for the land is mine and
you shall be strangers and temporary residents with me.
God wants us always to feel like strangers? Right! He doesn’t want us ever to feel too secure because excessive security destroys drive, annihilates ambition, and kills creativity. Being a stranger means not feeling at home and thus it means putting your best foot forward, and doing so swiftly not slowly. Tenure? Unions that make it impossible for anyone to lose their job regardless of malfeasance? Well, when they create a sense of excessive security, they are not so good. Not for the people who can’t be fired and not for the people who depend on their work.
A certain amount of security allows us to sleep at night; too much security encourages us to sleep during the day. A little potassium — just what the doctor ordered. Too much — danger. And those bananas? Yes, eating about 10,000 in half an hour could be perilous.