Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to sore down a tree.

“What are you doing?” you ask.

“Can’t you see?” comes the impatient reply. “I’m sawing down this tree”

“You look exhausted,” you exclaim. “How long have you been at it?”

“Over 5 hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat. This is hard work.”

“Well why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen the saw?” you inquire. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”

“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw, ”the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing.”

If we don’t make time to stop and sharpen the saw, the saw being us, body and mind, then everything is harder and takes longer. The woodcutter teaches us to take the time to think, reflect, relax and grow.

*These words were produced for our Advent Calendar in December 2020.