We sometimes miss the great opportunities of life because we get sidetracked. I once heard the tale of a talented and gifted bloodhound in England that started a hunt by chasing a full-grown male deer. These dogs would chase after an animal while the human hunters would follow on horseback. When the prey was treed or trapped in their den or exhausted from the chase, the hunters would make the kill.
During the chase a fox crossed the dog’s path, so he began now to chase the fox. A rabbit crossed the dog’s hunting path, so he began to chase the rabbit. After chasing the rabbit for a while, a tiny field mouse crossed the dog’s path, and he chased the mouse to the corner of a farmer's barn. The bloodhound had begun the hunt chasing a trophy deer for his master and wound up barking at a tiny mouse.
This is a parable of what happens to us when we lose our focus and confuse our priorities. We find ourselves wasting valuable time and resources chasing foxes, rabbits, and mice; when we are supposed to be going after deer. It is a rare person who can do three or four different things at a time—moving in different directions.