You and I can be shaken by a special event or an occasion, but never stirred to make a difference or any changes in our life or the lives of others. I am reminded of the James Bond movies I use to go see as a child growing up. In case you are not familiar with the James Bond movies, they were about secret agents whose job it was to protect and secure the British Government and its people. James Bond, also code name Agent 007, would always say these words whenever he was ordering his favorite drink, “I like my Martini shaken, but not stirred.” This saying always stuck with me for whatever reason. When I think about this, even now, I am somewhat amazed at the things that I allow to impress me.
Somehow I got thinking about this phrase shaken but not stirred and began to meditate on it. One night while out to dinner I asked my wife Amy what she thought about it. Amy gave me a great illustration of the difference between the two. She took two water glasses from the table, one glass had only ice in it and the other glass had ice and water. Amy took the glass with just ice in it and shook it hard. What I noticed was it made a lot of noise but once she stopped shaking the glass everything stopped … no more noise and no more movement. Then Amy stirred the glass with the ice water. There was little or no noise but when Amy stopped stirring the water and the ice continued its motion. My point is that often being shaken will get your attention and often the attention of others. But once the excitement wanes, then what?