Are you making rest a high priority in your life? You might if you really know the benefits and importance of rest and sleep.

Once upon a time there was a woodcutter who auditioned to work at a timber company. The work and the working conditions sounded good, so he wanted to leave a good impression.

On the first day he reported to the foreman, who gave him an ax and showed him to a particular area in the forest.

Thrilled the woodcutter went to work.

In one day he felled eighteen trees.

“Congratulations,” said the foreman. “Keep it up.”

Spurred on by the words of the foreman, the woodcutter decided, to surpass his results the next day . So he he went to bed early that day.

The next morning he got up before everyone else and went into the woods.

Despite all the effort he did not managed to cut more than fifteen trees.

“I must be tired”, he thought. And decided to go to bed just after sunset that evening.

At dawn he awoke with the firm resolution to surpass his mark of eighteen trees today. He did not even manage half.

The next day, there were only seven trees, and on the next five, his last day he spent almost entirely cutting down a second tree.

Concerned about what the foreman would say, the woodcutter stood before him, told him what had happened, and swore that he had toiled till you drop.

The foreman asked him, “When did you last sharpen your ax?”

“Sharpen the ax? I had no time for that, I was too busy cutting down trees. “

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