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Take Time Out To Sharpen Your Axe

November 6, 2010

Two lumberjacks set off into the forrest to begin their day’s work.  By mid-morning they had cut down the same number of trees.

When they stopped for lunch, one of the lumberjacks was looking as fresh and relaxed as he had when he started that morning, the other was looking decidedly worn out.

Refreshed, they began the afternoon’s exhausting work, but the second lumberjack was beginning to get annoyed because the first lumberjack had cut down a lot more trees than he had, so he began to work even harder, chopping away at the trees as if his life depended on it.

At the end of their shift, the first lumberjack had cut down twice as many trees as the other guy…and he still looked as fresh and relaxed as he had that morning.

The next morning, the second lumberjack decided that he would work even harder so that he could cut down even more trees.  By the end of his shift he was feeling quite pleased with himself, as he had doubled his quota…but again, the first lumberjack had cut down twice as many trees as he had.

This went on for a week, and in the end the exhausted and infuriated second lumberjack demanded to know how the first guy always managed to do more than he did, and still look fresh and relaxed:  “Besides, every time I see you, you are always sitting down…just what is your secret?!  Is someone helping you??!

The first lumberjack looked at him and smiled, and told him that there was no secret.  “Every time you have seen me sitting, I have been sharpening my axe.  You cannot cut down many trees with a blunt axe!”

Have you taken time out to sharpen your axe today?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2010 2:15 pm

    I like that 🙂 need to take some timeout methinks x

  2. Rocket Man permalink
    November 6, 2010 2:26 pm

    Time out???? Why am I always the one standing in the corner?

    • November 6, 2010 2:49 pm

      Have you not sharpened your axe today, Mr Allen?? Tsk! Tsk!

  3. November 6, 2010 6:44 pm

    You have much to learn Grasshopper!

  4. Natalia permalink
    November 6, 2010 7:26 pm

    Hi Sandi,

    It certainly cuts it with me. 😉 xx

  5. November 6, 2010 11:01 pm

    Makes you think , though at the amount of sitting down I do at this computer , my axe must be pretty sharp.

  6. November 7, 2010 2:26 pm

    Hehehehee, Very Good! Hope u have a Great resta Sunday! Luv PF XXX

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