Sharpening Your Axe

Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working 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 fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought fifteen (15) trees. "Congratulations," the boss said, "Carry on with your work!"

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring ten (10) trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring seven (7) 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…"

Most of us never update our skills. We think that whatever we have learned is very much enough. Sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to success. When you spend all your time just working and being busy not planning your life then you will end up like the woodcutter having no time! But on the other hand if you put in a little bit of effort and plan and organize your life then you will realize that you have time for everything.


The Essence of True Leadership

Shortly after Booker Washington became head of the Tuskegg Institute in Alabama, he was walking past the house of a wealthy family. The woman of the house, assuming Washington was one of the yard workers her husband had hired asked him if he would chop some wood for her.

Professor Washington smiled, nodded, took off his coat, and chopped the wood. When he carried the armload of wood into the woman’s kitchen, a servant girl recognized him and rushed to her mistress to tell her of his identity.

The next morning, the woman appeared in Washinton’s office. Apologizing profusely, she said repeatedly, “I did not know it was you I put to work.” Washington replied generously, “Its entirely all right, Madame. I like to work and I’m delighted to do favors for my friends.”

The woman was so taken with his manner and his willingness to forgive that she gave generous gifts to the institute and persuaded many of her wealthy acquaintances to do likewise. In the end, Washington raised as much money for the institute from this single act of chopping wood as he did from any other fund-raising event!

A great leader is never beyond hard work. the willingness to serve others is the essence of true leadership.


What You Sow, So Shall You Reap

Once there lived a poor Scottish farmer, his name was Fleming. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry from a nearby wet muddy ground. He dropped his tool and ran to that bog. There, he saw a terrified boy stuck to his waist in that black muck. He was screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the boy from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the farmer’s meager surroundings. An elegantly-dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy, Fleming has saved. ‘I want to repay you,’ said the nobleman. ‘You saved my son’s life.’ ‘No ,I cannot accept payment for what I did,’ the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.

At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the home. ‘Is that your son?’ the nobleman asked. ‘Yes,’ the replied proudly. ‘I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the boy is like his father, he’ll grow into a man you can be proud of.’

And that he did. In time, Fleming’s son graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the nobleman’s son stricken with pneumonia. And what saved him? Penicillin. The name of the noble man was Lord Randolph Churchill, and his son’s name was Sir Winston Churchill.

"Life never sends disease, sickness, accident, or suffering. We bring these things on ourselves by our own negative destructive thinking, based upon the law As we sow, so shall you reap. Life is no respecter of persons. Life plays no favorites. Life seems to favor you once you begin to align yourself with the principles of harmony, health, joy, and peace. The concept of God is the most important thing in your life. If you really believe in a God of Love, your subconscious mind will respond by bringing countless blessings to you. Believe in a God of Love." -The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Joseph Murphy


The Golden-Rule

Your mind is a creative medium; therefore, what you think and feel about the other, you are bringing to pass in your own experience. This is the psychological meaning of the Golden Rule. As you would that others should think about you, think you about them in the same manner.
"A hateful or resentful thought is a mental poison. Do not think ill of another for to do so is to think ill of yourself. You are the only thinker in your universe, and your thoughts are creative." -The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr. Joseph Murphy
Your subconscious mind is a recording machine that reproduces your habitual thinking. Think good of the other, and you are actually thinking good about yourself.
"Unless you meditate, the mind cannot be controlled, and unless the mind is controlled, you cannot meditate. So steady your mind and meditate." -Swami Brahmananda


Gandhi’s Talisman

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away." -M.K. Gandhi


Change Your Thoughts and You'll Change the World

"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. Our life is what our thoughts make it. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."
Each day provides its own gifts. He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one. Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life."

"You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last." -Marcus Aurelius

"We mold clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that makes the vessel useful." -Tao Te Ching -Lao Tzu -Chapter 11

The emptiness of a vessel is what gives it usefulness. Similarly Existence is a blank state that invites your creative contribution. The purpose of life is to live a life on purpose, and this is totally up to you. You are free to manifest whatever you choose to believe. The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.

"The mind is everything. What you think you become." -Buddha

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Discipline means behaving according to what you have decided is best, regardless of how you feel in the moment. The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.