2019-02-08 / Chaplain's News

Sharpen your saw

Chaplain (Maj.) William M. Oliver
116th Military Intelligence Brigade

The highly successful book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was written by Stephen Covey. He wrote this book in 1989, and the book’s content is still very relevant today.

One of the habits that Covey discusses is called “Sharpen the Saw.” The intent behind this habit is that you need to preserve and enhance your greatest asset, which is you. Specifically, it means focusing on the main areas of your life: spirit, mind, body.

Recent studies have shown that people who are religious are more content and resilient. There are numerous reasons for why this is true to include religious people feel like they are a part of something bigger than they are, and that religion gives meaning to their lives. All religions have tenants and practices that adherents believe and execute. My question to you is that if you are a religious person, are you regularly exercising your religion’s beliefs and practices? If not, you should be in order to receive the numerous benefits.

If you ever learned a foreign language, you are very familiar with the principle that if you don’t use it, you lose it. The same is true of our mental capabilities. You must regularly exercise your mental capabilities in order to keep your mind sharp. This could include pursing higher education or simply investing time in different mental pursuits. I encourage you to do what you need to in order to keep your mind sharp.

Ultimately, all our bodies are going to fall apart due to the life cycle. The question we must ask ourselves is: are we speeding this process up or slowing this process down? It is important for our bodies to get regular aerobic exercise and strength training. Also, it is critical that our bodies to receive the right types of food and plenty of water. Finally, our bodies need rest, so ensure that you are getting the right amount of sleep every night.

There is only one you in the world, and you need to care of yourself. We should all strive to nurture our spirits, minds, and bodies. The goal is for us to remain sharp for the long haul, and avoid premature atrophy, so “Sharpen the Saw!”

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