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Stoking The Fire And Sharpening Knives

Over the last month or so I have been sporadic about writing and posting to this blog.  I explained a bit about that the other day.  As of today I have posted each day this week.  A funny thing happened as I watched this play out.

I didn’t have many ideas for writing over the last month.  I managed to find something to write about, but I didn’t have a strong flow of ideas that I write about.

That changed this week.  I’ve written every day.  It is almost like a faucet was turned on and the ideas began flowing again.  I captured several ideas yesterday and plan to write about those ideas in the coming days.

Why did this happen?

I think it’s like a campfire and a knife.  If you sit around the campfire it will burn nicely for a while.  It will keep you warm.  It’s comfortable.  Eventually, though, it will go out.  You have to add wood to it.  You have to stoke the fire to keep it going.  It’s the same thing with ideas for blogging.  You have to do things to keep the ideas coming.  You have to read.  You have to look at the world differently.

My son has been out of school over the last few weeks due to Christmas and inclement weather.  He has spent a lot of time with his grandfather.  One of the things they have done is sharpen their knives.  A dull knife is of little use.  They sharpened the knives to the point they would shave the hair off their knives.  It’s same with this blogging thing.  You have to keep the knife sharp.  You have keep yourself in working order so that when the opportunity comes you are read to write.

What’s the common denominator?  You.  You have to work at it.  You have to grab another log.  You have to poke the fire a little.  You have consistently hone the knife to keep it sharp.

You have to do this for yourself to continue writing and blogging.  You really need to do this in every area of your life as well.  You need to do this in your spiritual life.  You need to do this for your family.  Your career.  Your finances.  Your friendships.  Your health and wellness.  Your mind.  You have to keep stoking the fire and sharpen the knives in all areas of your life.

What are you doing to stoke the fire and sharpen the knives in your life?

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  1. January 28, 2016 at 7:30 am

    i was writing to fill space and to put something out there. I decided after a short break during christmas that I would write when I had something to say.

  2. robshep
    January 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Great insight! Everything eventually gets worse without care. It takes time to keep something burning strong. I’m trying to spend time with family in intentional ways. It’s not easy.

    • January 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Amen!!! The key word you mentioned is intentionak

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