|A few vacation scenes|
Do you remember the parable about the woodcutter who had become totally exhausted by his work? He chopped furiously, unwilling to stop for a moment, in a frenzy to meet his quotas.
One day a stranger stopped and observed this frantic pace. After a few moments, he asked the woodcutter if he could inspect his ax. The stranger ran his finger along the dull blade and raised his eyebrows.
“If you take a few minutes to sharpen your ax,” he told the chaotic woodcutter, “the work will go much more quickly and easily.”
“I can’t,” the agitated woodutter replied. “I just don’t have the time.”
Are you cutting wood with a dull ax? Could you move through your day with more efficiency and grace if you just took time to sharpen the ax?
I was fortunate enough to take a vacation last week and as I return to my regular routine I’m reminded that sharpening our ax doesn’t have to be a week away (how often do we get that luxury?). It can be through exercise, meditation, healthy food choices or simply ten minutes a day of quiet. Although I have a busy day today, I am planning to take a break a little later to read and enjoy a cup of tea this afternoon before I start my Juniors class. Believe me, that 20 minute break can be a lifesaver!
Making time to sharphen the ax daily will hel pyou stay balanced and at ease no matter what your day may bring.
When we take time to do things which center and balance us on the inside the things on the outside flow much more easily.