Wisdom: Sandpaper Parable

Are You Smooth or Abrasive?

Over the years, one of my favourite sources of inspiration has been a little book by James Taylor called Everyday Parables: Learnings From Life (Wood Lake Books, 1995). Just in case you wondered, he is no relation to the singer James Taylor, although both of them have a wonderful way with words. James Taylor, the writer, has a gift for expressing complex and timeless truths in uncomplicated modern language—something that’s far too rare these days. In this book, he takes everyday—and very common—tools, food and experiences, and offers us different ways of thinking about them by using parables.

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