Are you familiar with the story of The Three Little Pigs? C'mon–everyone is! But just in case it's been a while, here's a little refresher:
A poor mother pig once had three little pigs and sent them off into the world when they were old enough to seek their own fortune. The first pig built his house out of straw, the second out of sticks, and the third with brick. The next day, a wolf happened to pass by and stopped first at the straw house. When the pig wouldn't let him in, he blew down the house and the pig fled to his brother's home made of sticks. But the wolf blew that house down too, and both pigs fled to the brick home. There, the wolf tried to blow the house down but fails to do so, and the three pigs escape the wolf's dinner plate.
I appreciate this story because of its symbolism, and over the last few years I've perceived it differently than I did as a child in order to help me understand the importance of having patience and persistence when creating a life that is meaningful and fulfilling.