Once upon a time there was a very strong woodcutter. He asked for a job from a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day the woodcutter brought down 18 trees. The boss was very much impressed and said “congratulations, keep it up!” Very motivated by the words of the boss the woodcutter tried harder the next day but could only bring down 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder but he could only bring down 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing down less and less trees. I must be losing my strength the woodcutter thought to himself. He went to the boss and apologized saying that he could not understand what was going on.When was the last time you sharpened your axe? The boss asked. Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees.


Our lives are like that we sometimes get so busy we don’t take time to sharpen the axe. In today’s world it seems that everyone is busier than ever but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp? Abraham Lincoln once said ” if i have six hours to chop down a tree i would use four hours sharpening my axe”.



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