Once upon a time there was a very strong woodcutter. He applied for a job at a timber merchant, and he got it. Salaries and working conditions are very well received.Therefore, the woodcutter decides to do his best.
The employer provides an ax and show work area. The first day, the woodcutter brought down 18 trees. The employer was very impressed and said, “Well, work like that!”
Highly motivated by praise his employer, the next day, the woodcutter tried harder, but he only could bring down 15 trees. The third day he worked even harder, but only managed to knock down 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing down less trees a little. “I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought.
He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what happened. “When was the last time you sharpened your ax?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I do not have time to hone kappak. I am very busy trying to trees,” he said.
Our life together like that. Often we are very busy so they no longer have the time to sharpen the ax. “At the present time, many people are busier than ever, but they are not happier than before. Why? Could we have forgotten how to stay sharp?
Nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But not so busy that we should ignore things that are actually very important in life, such as personal life, make time to read, and so forth.
We all need time to calm, to think and reflect, to learn and grow. If we do not have time to sharpen the ax, we will be blunt and lose effectiveness. So start from now, thinking of ways to work more effectively and add more value to it.