The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

Covey tells the following story:

“You are walking in the woods one day and come across a woodcutter. You see that he is absolutely exhausted and ask how long he’s been working, and he tells you over five hours. At this point you tell him to take a break and also sharpen his saw, to which he responds, “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw—I’m too busy sawing!”

Habit 7 is about taking time to sharpen the saw and is without a doubt the most important habit of all, as it makes all the other habits possible. It’s about the quality of you, your canvas. You are your greatest tool, and habit 7 is about how sharp you keep that tool in order to execute all the other habits flawlessly and with ease. It’s about your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, health. To be truly effective, you need to take time in these four areas and realize that it’s the most important investment of time that you will ever make.

God told Moses that Aaron and his sons were to bless the Israelites and say to them:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Peace is wellness, wholeness of body, mind, soul and spirit, so Covey is definitely on the right lines with his advice.

Jesus affirmed,

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”

The way that we will be most honouring to God and able to live our lives to the full is to put God first, take care of ourselves and be kind to (love) others.

[Andrew Pritchard-Keens]