Right tools for the job in hand
My wife and I have a hobby, or more a lifestyle, that includes two horses. One each, we often go for a hack ( a walk on horse back through the countryside) together and have a good chin wag ( talk ) about life and our week and our dreams and plans for the future.
Some weeks ago, off America, a Hurrican blew it’s last across the pond to the UK, that wind was strong enough to shake the trees roughly and one of them fell down.
We found out when we attempted to go for a ride, (I was on foot as my horse has torn a tendon, so off work for six months).
We headed off down the bridle path through the woods and had to stop as a large tree had fallen across the path.
You can on horse of course jump the log, however the position of the gateway meant a dangerous angle, and we thought better of it…
We tried to move by hand but it’s weight was too great.
We asked around and it seemed that the yard hard a chainsaw but no one was prepared to use it, as they were all afraid they might chop of a limb of their own rather than the tree…..
We asked about and no one was able to remove the tree for us.
So I went into the Man Shed and got my big chopper out (axe) !! and the large hand saw.
Emma and I then spent an hour chopping away at the old tree.
Our tool for choice was an old axe, if could have been a bit sharper, however it did the job required…..
We also used a large wood saw to assist in making the area wider and to saw through the middle of the tree which was very solid.
It took a few moments to chop through the rotten parts of the tree, however the core was very solid and took us a lot longer to chop through .
We used the large saw to assist in cutting through the hard middle of the tree.
We took turns to saw and I used the axe to the chop into the wood, we did this for nearly an hour, resting as we got tired from the heavy work.
As we neared the cut through point the axe handle snapped off and my right hand bounced off the jagged end and started a lovely violet bruise.
My first thoughts were rude ones, (Fudge!!) but I smiled and spent the next few minutes freeing the axe head free, so we could continue with the saw.
A few minutes later we cut through to a point where we could see if we jumped on each end it would snap, so we did that and it let out a loud crack as it finally split in two.
We moved the two ends apart so that we could easily gain access to the bridle path …
Log split in two and we moved so the Bridle path was clear…
So after an hour of hard work, taking turns to saw through, we had won, the tree was no longer a barrier to us enjoying a nice Hack through the woods..
Now as I type, the blisters, on my left hand, are a little sore and the bruise on my right hand is growing and going a lovely multi-colour.
As they say NO Pain no Gain !…
Had we been able to use a chain saw I am sure we would have cleared in 5 minutes and not an hour….but some times you have to use the tools you have and make the most of it ….
Business life and Enjoyment life often have many parallels, in business you need to be dedicated, keeping on trying, even when your tools break, work as a team using your strengths, and keep going whatever gets in your way, and when you do succeed, as you will if you start out assuming you will and acting like you will, CELEBRATE :)…..
Whether for enjoyment or business, ensure you keeping trying and keep doing, even if you think your tools and experience are not state of the art, because doing with the tools you have is better than not doing with the best tools !!
All the best…..