by David Smith
History is full of intriguing sayings coming down to us from other cultures that inform our thinking and behavior.
“Managing a large state is like cooking a small fish.” – Lao Tzu.
“A stitch in time saves nine.” – A 1700’s sewing reference.
“Healing is a matter of time; sometimes a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates.
One I especially like tracks back to Julius Caesar after ending his governance of the Roman province of Gaul and being ordered to disband his army. Under no circumstances was he to come closer with it than a small stream outside of Rome.
Yet Ceasar decided to cross the Rubicon and march on the capital, knowing there was no turning back and his likely fate if the venture failed. He supposedly told his men “The die has been cast!”