April 17, 2022

Sharpen your Saw

 Raven Self Defense Academy Musashi Clan - Utaka-Ha Honbu Dojo NewsLetter of the Modern-Day Samurai

Imagine you are going for a walk in the forest when you come upon a man chopping down a tree. “What are you doing?” you ask. “I'm chopping down a tree,” he says. “How long have you been at it?” You ask. “Two or three hours so far,” he says, sweat dripping from his chin. “Your ax looks dull,” you say. “Why don't you take a break and sharpen it?” I can't. I'm too busy, sawing” is his reply.

As an outsider, we could see that the process of chopping was dulling the blade. And the duller the blade, the greater the effort that is required to keep chopping. The solution, of course, was for the woodcutter to stop periodically to sharpen the ax. He was so engrossed in the situation that he couldn't see the need to take a break and do what was necessary to make his job easier. Take the time to stop and “sharpen our ax.”

We must feed our minds with a solid education and be willing to explore the truth in detail.  Let's “Sharpen The Axe.”

“If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln.

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Article written by Utaka Musashi