Self-Reminder: Sharpen The Saw First.
I`m in desperate need of travel these days so binge watching travel vlogs (Funforlouis & company) is my new hobby, and as I watched those adventurers hop from zip lining to scuba diving, it stroke me how a training is required before each of these `reckless` adventures while we hop onto marriage with only irrational dreams of a romantically perfect marriage or of a desctructively practical one.
Funnily enough, matrimony is as daunting and thrilling an engagement as throwing yourself off of a cliff.
It is such an epidemy that of building a strong and extended edifice on pathetic ignorance disguised in some form of shallow, blurry and irrational knowledge.
Let me expalin myself: when someone gives birth, the couple receives almost every single thing they`ll need to keep the baby covered, to feed him/her, to berce her/him in... but here`s the thing: a cute fluffy sleepsuit won`t tell you what to do when the baby wakes up the neighbours at 2 am and you don`t know what does your baby need.
Now I don`t know where this comes from: does society excpect mothers to have a default training on how to take care of a fragile scary creature or do we find it shameful to pick up a book and ask for help because that would be a sign of misplaced ignorance ...
Since I took awarness of this thing I made a pact with myself to incorporate a book with my gifts, so I slid an encyclopedia of marriage alongside some Home fragrances as a gift to my newly married cousin, same for her sister who gave birth to a baby...
Because I believe that a little training before engaging is a much smarter and more civilised choice than fearfully and blindly jumping in the water before learning to swim.
This story emphasises this:
A woodcutter strained to saw down a tree. A young man who was watching asked “What are you doing?”
“Are you blind?” the woodcutter replied. “I’m cutting down this tree.”
The young man was unabashed. “You look exhausted! Take a break. Sharpen your saw.”
The woodcutter explained to the young man that he had been sawing for hours and did not have time to take a break.
The young man pushed back… “If you sharpen the saw, you would cut down the tree much faster.”
The woodcutter said “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw. Don’t you see I’m too busy?”
Weither it`s following a manual guide for the refrigator you just bought or reading Pugs For Dummies 3 months before getting a dog, sharpening the saw first :
- allows you to cut the tree in a straight line not a crooked hesitative one, it provides quality:
- it provides you with enough tools and tricks to fix the bumps and struggles;
- it prevents you from getting lost as you have enough accurate data to guide yourself;
- it makes the process much enjoyable as you avoid the anxiety that comes with not knowing what to do
Before you study, learn how to sharpen your focus. Before you paint a masterpiece learn the basic colour techniques...
This also applies to situations where we are due to represent a community we belong to.
It is good news that self-expression has piled up to human rights but criticising or defending a cause without knowing the rules of the art is pure ignorance and reckless impulsivity.
There`s a big contrast nowadays between ignorance and illiteracy that we should be aware of.
Don`t criticise the syrian refugees and claim that you would have stayed in your country instead of begging in other countries. Don`t behave cowardlly and tie it to a religion or a community you barely know the name of. Inform yourself first on the depths and dimensions of the subject, acquaint with it and then we can talk.
There`s nothing wrong with ignorance but it`s irresponsible to make it the foundation of commitements you care about.
Choose religion, science and wise sayings as your resources and let them anchor you on the beautiful shore of enlightening knowledge.
Pick a book -or a library, weight the pros and cons of your subject, ask experts, analyse the failures and wins of those around you, just make of knowledge your armure and fear nothing and no one.
Know yourself, know where you came from, know where you`re heading . Just please do the world this favour and spare it ignorant opinions that are built on nothing.