Today I have a story for you – a fable. As with most fables there is a message in it!
There were two woodcutters – an older one, Stan who was weathered and experienced in the ways of chopping wood; and Jack, a younger woodcutter who was brawny and new on the job.
They had a friendly running battle about who could chop the most wood, and they decided one day to have a contest to prove it, once and for all.
The day of the contest came and they both started; but soon, Jack heard Stan quit for a bit and thought, oh yes, I’ve got this. Stan came back to work and busily cut wood, then he stopped again.
This went on all day. Jack was certain he had won, he had never stopped and Stan kept stopping and started. But Jack was astonished when he realized that Stan had beat him by a sizeable margin.
He asked Stan, “How did you do that, you kept stopping?” Stan said: “When I stopped, I was sharpening my saw, so I was always cutting with a sharp saw”.
Pause and Sharpen our Skills
What is the morale here? We need to continually sharpen our saw – our saw is our skills, whether they are physical, mental, social or spiritual.
It is important to pause, as my blog “The Power of the Pause”, mentions AND it is important during some of those pauses to also sharpen the saw – sharpen your skills.
Those skills can be learning some new computer, app, tips, and tricks or spending time in conversation with your High Power seeking an expanded awareness or attending a formal class of interest to you.
Next week, I’m going to be going to a Writing Retreat with my writing coach, Marie Maccagno, “Adventures in Writing” to sharpen my writing skills. As you may know, I’ve been working on a book: “Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned on Vacation”, due to be published Fall 2022. During this journey, I’ve learned a lot, including new skills.
I’m looking forward to getting away from the everyday and focusing on new learning!
What about you? What are you doing to sharpen your skills? Need some help in focusing on what to do next? Maybe you don’t believe you can afford the time or money to sharpen your skills – let’s talk! Call me here and we’ll figure it out together.
‘til the next time.
P.S. Sharpening you Skills can be daunting; but it is also very exciting. If you are a bit tentative about why you need to keep learning, schedule a call with me here. and I’ll help you with the why!