The Moral of the Story Is . . .
By Mary Benedet
Published on 07/8/2009
This short story has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It was told to me by a young priest. I am grateful I got to tell him how powerful his words have influenced my life.


There were two monks clearing the weeds out of a field. The one monk was going at it non stop, he did not take a break, he just kept going and going. There were times when he felt weary, but he just kept at it.

The other monk stopped every hour for fifteen minutes. At the end of the day, the monk who did not take a break, was so tired and weak. He could not believe his eyes, when he saw how much the other monk accomplished. He was very upset, so he asked the monk. "I have been going at it all day, I did not take a break, I'm exhausted. You took a 15 minute break every hour, and you got more accomplished, and you are not as tired, how could that be?" The monk replied, "Everytime you saw me take a break, I stopped to sharpen my blade."

Moral of the story: In life, we need to slow down and spend time with your Higher Power, take alone time to meditate, time to pray, to sharpen our blade, to perform better in life