Stay sharp..

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 were the work conditions. For that reason,the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!” Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day,but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could 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 axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees.”

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the axe.” In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay sharp?

There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But God doesn’t want us to get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like taking time to pray, to read. We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow.

If we don’t take time to sharpen the axe, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness. So start today. Think about the ways by which you could do your job more effectively and add a lot of value to it.

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2 thoughts on “Stay sharp..

  1. Yes, one way to sharpen the axe is to renew our vows to Allah through solat, that is 5 times a day with full understanding of the meanings of what we cite especially the Doa Iftitah (refer PI Merentasi Kurikulum Komputer: Makna Solat in rosseni.wordpress.com posting on August 3rd 2007). Dan sesungguhnya solat itu amatlah payah kecuali bagi mereka yang khusyuk seperti mana dalam firman Allah.

    “Dan mintalah pertolongan (kepada Allah) dengan jalan sabar dan mengerjakan sembahyang dan sesungguhnya sembahyang itu amatlah berat kecuali kepada orang-orang yang khusyuk.”

    (Surah al-Baqarah [2]:45)

    Ummi

  2. jazakillahu khairan kathira ummi.. insyaAllah.. akan cuma ‘sharpen the saw’.. insyaAllah.. 🙂

    dari segi saintifiknya juga telah banyak dibuktikan mengenai solat ini.. memang ia bermanfaat bukan sahaja dari segi sipiritual, malahan fizikal dan emosi juga turut mendapat kesegaran.. insyaAllah..

    wAllahua’lam..

    -Along-

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