When I was in Secondary School, there was one subject in which I was excellent, but only one. (For English, as an example, I could manage a D. But very often when people hear me speak English, they are surprised at how I got a D. Did I bribe the teachers?) I was an A grade student in that subject. Then came the last exam in matric. I got a C. What happened? I mixed-up the answers to four different 80-point questions, with disastrous consequences.

There was this guy who was a very good woodcutter. During the annual woodcutting competition, everybody expected him to win. And he did – by quite a margin. But in the end, he didn’t get the prize. No prize at all. He was disqualified. Why? He was cutting in the wrong forest.

First, make sure you are in the right forest.

Many people are “cutting trees”, but when they get to death’s door they realise they were cutting in the wrong forest.

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Bennie Mostert
By Bennie Mostert