A man began to mow his yard.
The reels of the mower were sharp and spun effortlessly. At first, it was easy and the grass cut without difficulty. The man breezed along, finding enjoyment in the work he had been given. But soon, the work became difficult. Though much of the grass was still being cut down by the blades, the man began to notice some spots that needed extra work. And as he continued, he became aware of some stubborn weeds that seemed to remain no matter how many times he went over them. The man became frustrated, and began to tire.
At that moment, the man was interrupted by his wife, who gave him a glass of water. He took a few minutes to rest, and to think about why he was putting in such hard work. Then, he started again, going more slowly over the weeds. To his delight, he noticed that when he went more slowly over them, the weeds would be cut down. As he finished, the man rejoiced, knowing he had done well, but not without the help of the mower, his wife, the water, rest and reflection.
[This was previously posted at Tyler Helfers' former blog, Brevity and Clarity in May 2014]