Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working 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 fell the trees.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 15 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Carry on with your work!”
Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring 7 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. 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…”
Most of us NEVER update our skills. We think that whatever we have learned is very much enough. But good is not good when better is expected. Sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to success.
Original axe from Garrette
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them as Family, Health, Friends, Spirit and Work, and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon or one day understand that work is a rubber ball.
If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four Balls, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.
You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.
A person askd God; “What surprises you most about mankind”?
God replied, “they loose their health to make money and then loose their money to restore their health. By thinking anxiously about future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor for the future. They live as if they will never die & die as if they never lived!”