So Linda prompts us to write about sharp. Here goes:

I read somewhere poet Donte Collins reckons a razor blade cannot fell a tree and an axe is strong, but cannot cut hair. He has not seen the hairstylist on YouTube who does cut hair with a razor sharp axe, but that is not the point. What he alludes to is that every individual is unique and different and has their purpose in life.  “Don’t look down on any one unless you want to admire their sharp footwear,” he says. I like that, and would add, unless you have a foot fetish.

Jaggi Vasudev, known as  Sadhguru, sagely says intelligence essentially means that your intellect is sharp enough to see life as it is.

Sharpness of mind ensures that one can be calm and alert, relaxed and ready, and humbly confident, bullshit meter intact and your ability to see the big picture in all situations. You have to work at it.

You need to be kind to yourself, love mind, body and soul. You need to remain eternally inquisitive, wanting to learn, to see to understand and be understood. To be mindful of what you say, what you think and what company you keep. That is how you hone sharpness in my humble opinion.

Life is a constant oscillation between sharp horns of dilemma, according to satirist Henry Louis Menken. This is a bit too harsh for my hopeful approach to life. I would rather say life s a tapestry and you hold the needle through which you thread the colours that make up your life. Be mindful that the needle is not sharp at both ends.  While you are weaving the story, remember the wise words of Kalil Gibran:”March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns or sharp stones of life’s path.”

Sharp is to be flawsome, aware of your shortcomings, but comfortable in your own skin, aware you are awesomely unique and have value.

Brandon Mull, bless his soul, observes, “Smart people learn from their mistakes, but the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”  That is sharp advice to take to heart.

Buddha quietly warns the tongue is the sharpest knife, killing without drawing blood. Ja, sharp words are daggers leaving lasting hurt.  I read somewhere that the arrows of a heart are very sharp. It is true. Hurt people hurt people, like knives to bread, with slicing sharpness.

Sad is when people are so hurt and damaged, they are like a prickly pear, hard to get close to.  With a little discomfort and effort, you can rub away at the thorns of pain and anger and discover a wonderfully, unique sharp human being. Be sharp enough to try.

One of life’s ironies is that some people are able to look sharp, as others have done the hard work for them. The manager standing tall on the blood and sweat of his team, the heir to a fortune his ancestors worked hard for, and so on and so forth.

Stay sharp and remember to invest the first golden hour of the day in yourself. Meditate on the wise words of William Sharp:

The desire of love, joy;

The desire of life, peace;

The desire of the soul, heaven

The desire of God, a flame white secret forever.


The prompt from Linda: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sharp.” Use it in any or all of its definitions.

To see the rules for this weekly challenge and all the entries for Saturday 8 August 2020, visit Linda G Hill.

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