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Arm in the Woodchipper

 

If you are serious about moving your life forward you must address The Arm in the Woodchipper. If you are not serious about moving forward, then please stop reading this article because we have many people that need to read this article, and we don't want to waste space on the server (like there is really not enough space on the server).

 

So I had a friend who was doing some yard work, his son was helping him, and then he went into the house for a few minutes. He heard some screaming coming from the front yard, so he rushed out, and he noticed that his son's arm was stuck in the wood chipper that they were using to clean up the downed limbs of trees. The dad then noticed that some grass that was growing on top of the sidewalk had not been trimmed yet. The dad picked up some shears and started to trim the grass where it was growing over the sidewalk because "If you are going to do a really good job on the yard work, you can't allow grass to be growing over on the sidewalk."

 

What is the problem with this situation? Is the grass the most important thing to be taken care of at the moment? If you are a caring father, you would run over and turn off the woodchipper, call 911, and get your son to the hospital. Later on when all of the other things are taken care of, you can come back and worry about the grass growing over your sidewalk. In your own life, what is your metaphoric arm in the wood chipper?

 

When you wake up in the morning, what is the most drastic or important thing that needs to be taken care of before anything else? Normally you have a morning routine where you will shit, piss and take care of personal hygiene. Next you will make sure that you have a cup of coffee or food to eat so that you can function for the rest of the day. What is the next most important thing that you need to take care of? Looking at Maslow's hierarchy of needs, first there is food, excretion, breathing, sex, homeostasis, sleep, and water. The next thing that you need to take care of is to make sure that you have a safe place to live, your rent is paid, those that you care about have their physical needs met, your job is secure, do you have enough income to take care of all of these things. The next thing is the quality of your relationships between you and your friends, family and that special someone. Then you develop how you feel about yourself and others in life. Then finally you can move on to being concerned with your morals, creativity, solving problems in the multiverse and understanding how the world works.

 

After you have taken care of your basic needs for the morning, what is your arm in the woodchipper. What if not taken care of, will destroy the whole foundation that is supporting the state of Kaivala or the highest self-actualization that can be achieved by humans? Are you under siege? Are their soldiers in your front yard? Will they be there next week? Do you have a job? Is the pay adequate? Do they treat you with respect at work? Are you having problems with your significant other or are you in harmony with them?

 

You wake up in the morning and decide to go downtown and join the protest against police brutality that is affecting 1/10th of one percent in your community. If you miss work you will be fired as you have already taken too many days off or have been late. Your vehicle is about to be repossessed, and you are three months behind on your rent. What is the arm in the woodchipper? If you do not take care of your basic needs, you will have no ability to help your community as a whole. The first thing that you need to do is to go to work and take care of your obligation there. The next thing, if you do not like your job, is to look for another one or another way of bringing resources into your life. Do you need to grow a garden or find a less expensive place to stay? Do you need to get a better paying job? All of the worry about these higher problems will be totally ineffectual on your part if you do not take care of the basic needs first.

 

If you have the first needs met of safety and physiological, are you having problems with your family or friends? Do you have family or friends? Verizon wireless had friends and family plan that they were selling one time, so I purchased this program. I came back a week later, quite upset, and they asked me why. I said "because I have had this program for one week and I still have no friends and no family."

 

You will need to identify what those exact problems are and learn how to solve them before you move onto the next level. Are you screaming at your kids because they have spilled some milk? We know you have enough money to buy milk because you have moved past the first two levels. Why are you upset over something so easily replaced? The arm in the wood chipper is the relationship that you have with your children, which needs to be addressed first. If you are screaming at your kids and trying to motivate the community to a higher level of consciousness, your kids are stuck in the woodchipper, then you are taking care of the wrong thing.

 

Everyday you need to examine what is your arm in the wood chipper. You will have to go through the hierarchy of needs and decide which one is not being met as you go up the chart. Then take care of the ones at the bottom of the chart first before moving up higher.

 

Another example is an individual that is trying to open up a brand new store. They decorate the store, poor thousands of dollars into it, and buy hundreds of thousands of dollars of products, and pay their employees wages, but the store isn't succeeding. Why? They have great products, a great store, and great employees. The arm in the wood chipper is that they have no customers. What should have been taken care of first was to evaluate the customer base and need before opening the store.

 

Another example is when a student goes to college to get a well paying job. Have they figured out real job openings? Do they know what this job will pay? The college or school will tell you "There are people making $50k doing this!", but you still need to ask yourself, what percentage of graduates get a job paying this on the first year? Before you get a student loan and spend all of this time, make some phone calls, find out what the job market is in the real world, and find out what will the job market be after you graduate. $50k/year will not be enough money to live comfortable and pay off your student loan. How much would you need to be making to take care of your needs and pay back the student loan after five years?

 

In your life before you take action it is important to understand what the arm in the wood chipper is. Is it shelter that must be taken care of first? Is it food? Is it your health? Is it the people that are around you? What really needs to be taken care of before anything else. Make sure you take care of this.  Are you worried about aliens, and have no food or shelter for the day? Are you worried about the sun going dark 4 billion years from now? Are you worried about conspiracy theories, but have no time for your family, or other projects? Are you worried about the condition of your clothes, and have forgotten about the condition of your body? Every morning ask what is the arm in the wood chipper, and take care of this first. Then when you have time, trim the grass with a pair of scissors.