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Time for a Break?

August 25th, 2010 by nealon

Once upon a time there was a small quaint town nestled in the forest that relied heavily upon wood for cooking and warming their homes.  Wood chopping was a very honorable trade and there was one young man by the name of  Big Henry who was convinced that he could chop more wood than anyone in town.  In fact he was so certain that he challenged anyone in town to a contest.  If they could beat him, he’d chop their wood for one full year.  Most folks knew of Henry’s strength and skill and nobody dared challenge the young man.

Now old man Smitty was old, 79 in fact, but he could still swing an axe and the idea of having someone else chop his wood for a year, well that was just too alluring so he agreed to take up Henry on his offer. Henry laughed at first and asked the crowd for a more suitable component. The town’s people tried to talk Smitty out of it but he had already made up his mind.  They knew he wouldn’t change it so the towns people prepared the wood and set up the event and right on time on the day of the contest, Smitty came walking up with a smile on his face an axe over his back and a old metal thermos in his free hand which was clutching an old fishing pole.

After each chord was cut, they were taken off and stacked in two different wood sheds so that nobody could see how much each had chopped.  At first it seemed to be a pretty fair contest but then Henry started to pull ahead and it was at that moment that Smitty left and went back home.  He retired in his house for a good bit and came back out and started off again.  This went on for hours and every couple hours Smitty would retire and come back.

Henry was so convinced he had this in the bag but just to make sure he started chopping quicker and harder as the day went on. He wanted to beat old Smitty as hard as he could. They chopped on into the night….

The next morning folks rose early and came back out to see how the two were holding up.  They only had a couple minutes to go.  Henry looked dog tired but was clearly ever so confident.  Old Smitty was sipping on a cup of coffee and sitting on a log when he stood up and chopped a couple more logs until the mayor blew the whistle and called time.  They went and checked the piles and it turned out Smitty had beaten Henry by 3 chords.

Confused and upset Henry exclaimed, “But you must have stopped and left 20 times.  I’m pretty sure you even slept for a bit last night.  I worked hard all through the night.  How did you possibly beat me? What were you doing when you went back home.”

Smitty turned around and grabbed his thermos and his fishing pole and as he headed for the creek he muttered, “Oh, I just took a rest, had a bite and sharpened my axe.”

Are you taking enough time to rest, eat well and sharpen your axe.

More effort does not always equal better results whether we’re talking about your health, relationships, money, you name it.

Take a break.

Nobody ever said Smitty wasn't crazy, just that he could swing an axe.

All my best,

Nealon Hightower

Your weight release expert.

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