Sharpening Our Saw; commentary series about inspiration and reflection

  • Published
  • By Stephanie Boehning
  • 932nd Airlift Wing

Sharpening Our Saw: a weekly commentary from Lt. Col. (ret.) Stephanie Boehning, 932nd Airlift Wing Process Manager, who shares some thought provoking stories that inspire and engage reflection.

Let this sink in,

A snake entered a Carpentry Shop and as it crawled to the corner, it went through a saw and hurt itself a little bit. Since the saw had hurt the snake, he turned and bit the saw, but biting the saw caused him to hurt himself badly in the mouth. Now he was really angry at the saw for hurting him. Not understanding what was happening to him and thinking that saw was attacking him, he decided to roll around the saw so he could suffocate the saw him with his whole body, shaking with all his strength. As you can imagine, the snake ended up being killed by the saw.

Sometimes we react in anger, thinking about hurting those who hurt us, but we are hurting ourselves. In life, sometimes it is better to ignore situations, people and offenses. Because the consequences can be irreversible and catastrophic.