How busy is your life?
Do you feel like cracks are starting to form in your life?
At some point, if we run the engine of our lives at maximum velocity, we will crash.
It’s during the hustle and bustle of those hectic weeks that we need to take a step back to ensure that we don’t get caught up in the weeds.
The worst part about being caught in the weeds is that often we don’t realize that we are caught in the weeds.
Stephen Covey shared with us the important concept of sharpening the saw.
The concept of sharpening the saw is that we all need time for renewal.
The idea of sharpening the saw comes from the following story.
Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good, and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an ax and showed him the area where he supposed to work.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 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 ax?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”
When we get so busy being busy, we become less effective at the work we do.
When we engage in renewal, we give our bodies and minds time to breathe.