Habit 7- Sharpen the Saw

I’d like to paraphrase a story that Dr. Stephen Covey tells in his book ‘7 habits of highly effective people’

A man is walking through the forest when he comes across another man trying to saw a tree. He can see the man is sweating profusely, and is exhausted as he has been working on cutting that tree for hours.  He says to the man sawing, ‘Wouldn’t it be easier if you stop for a minute to sharpen the saw?’   The other man replies, ‘I have no time to sharpen the saw, I’m too busy sawing!’

It seems comical to look at that story from an outsiders perspective, but how many of us live our lives this way.  We are so overwhelmed with work and home responsibilities that we don’t take the time we need to sharpen our own saw.  It’s important to take the time you need to exercise, read a book, and do whatever activities you love to decompress and relieve yourself from all of the stress and pressure.

Life is too short!  It’s important to take care of yourself, to continue to grow and be more present to serve others.

-Dan Sims


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