The Listener – Short inspirational story

This is a short Swedish Story I found on the internet. A story with a single and easy, but not less important punchline. 

The listener

A little girl – with very demanding parents – had problem in school. The more the parents nagged, and tried to attract her attention with all imaginable kinds of rewards for her to do well, the more distanced she became from school. She was also “all over” in class and  disturbed all her class mates.

But then one day, one month into the semester, she came home from school with a smile on her face. The next morning she went up early and did her homework and went straight to school, which became routine thereafter.

In the parents meeting, held during the semester, the parents knew that their daughter had made ​​good progress, and that she was very talented. Now that she was motivated, everything went easy on her.

The principal explained that it was largely due to a special teacher who had started at the school which their daughter took particular liking to. The parents asked the daughter to show them to that amazing teacher to thank him. When they met him, they discovered to their surprise that he was dumb.

– How can this man be a teacher, exclaimed the father, he can not speak!

– But he can listen, replied the daughter.


From the book "Why grass grow?" 
Klas Hallberg and Magnus Litter - Link to Swedish Bookstore / Swedish book

Busy woodcutter

© Pedro Hansson – Photo of Swedish autumn, and time to reflect – Nikon D7000

This little story was sent to me by a friend of mine. I think it’s a really telling story of how things can turn out when you just go ahead with something, and never stops for a minute to reflect, train or think.

The photo is taken in a national park just outside Stockholm. This photo suffers a bit from Chromatic Aberration (look at the purple around the edges) which I will soon make a new blog post about, and how you can clean it up. Other than that I think the framing and composition in the photo went pretty well.

I hope you will have a good day


Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The paid was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees.Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”
– Stephen Covey