The Elf Blacksmith

Story Time

Once upon a time there was an elf.  No, not the Santa’s helper sort; a proper kind of elf.  Every day she worked hard making shoes for unicorns, starting in the stables until lunchtime then crafting them in her forge until late at night.  Weeks went by, and she kept going; but whenever anyone asked her if she needed help, or how she was doing, she’d just smile and say she was fine, doing good thanks.

The Lord she worked for ran a huge stable, and every week he’d buy more horses, unicorns, and sometimes even pegasi.  Since the elf always seemed happy and cheerful, he didn’t hire any more blacksmiths/stable hands to help her.  He assumed that, since everyone else came to him with their problems, she’d do likewise.

Time passed, the elf got more and more tired, but she kept on and kept smiling; though even the unicorns she shod were starting to notice her fatigue.  They urged her to take a break, but she wouldn’t hear of it – she was needed after all.  Finally she became ill to the point of being bedridden.

The Lord himself came to visit her and asked why she hadn’t spoken before;

“I love my work, it was no bother.”

He hired more stable hands.

Now, before anyone starts panicking – I’m not that ill, just a bit of a cold.  Further, I’m not that overworked, just starting to feel a little tired.  The reason I’m sharing this story with you (made this particular version up, though I’ve heard similar many times) is because we all live in a society where we’re expected to work hard.

All the time.  We’re taught that in general we’re not going to enjoy this work, and what we’re meant to aim for is work that we will enjoy working hard at so that it won’t matter that we don’t get to rest.  The danger I see there is in loving your work, and still never taking a break.  Further, we never ask for the things that’d help us even though the people we’d ask would be more than willing to give them to us!

Is anyone else falling into that trap?  How ill would you have to be before you stop for a while?  What would make your life easier that you’ve just never asked for?

Also, does anyone want a guest post? Just checking.

24 thoughts on “The Elf Blacksmith

  1. Eleanor Edwards

    Awesome post Heather, very timely. It’s something I know I’m guilty of. I have all these hopes and dreams and plans, and that’s just for Give A Brick – don’t get me started on the other compartments of my life! But everything doesn’t have to be done right this second. It’s OK to slow down occasionally (despite what James would have us believe!)

    And you’ve just reminded me, I’ve still not set up that to-do list 😉

    .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..Why I spent the last 23 minutes singing in the kitchen while my children quarrelled outside =-.

    1. TylinaVespart

      Yep, that you haven’t! Set it up soon El 😉

      Anyways, nah James’ way works for him, but honestly? I need a bit of a break now and then lol. Its all ok to rest and go at a pace you can maintain rather than one you can’t.

    1. TylinaVespart

      Literally laughing out loud right now; yes I’m from Scotland, and its probably genetic. Boyfriend’s trying to convert me to Canadian =P

      I will take a break though, thank you. ^_^

  2. Lees Shizzle

    Don’t think I need to add to this as far as ‘me’ is concerned. If you’ve read some of my latest post *and I know U have* you know what I think about giving myself permission to break. Still I don’t get it. How the eff do you do it? That’s my question. Not that I need to, I know I need too occasionally but how. It’s in my DNA to push push push and work work work.. don’t know any diff. don’t know any other way.
    But if anybody has any miracle cures, I’m buying..
    .-= Lees Shizzle´s last blog ..I am Whacked…….Seriously! Just Shoot Me Now! =-.

    1. TylinaVespart

      Here’s my step by step process for you Lee:

      1. Move mouse to the top right of the screen and hit the little ‘x’ – repeat until no more ‘x’s.
      2. Move mouse to bottom left of screen, hit ‘Start’.
      3. Move mouse to ‘Shut Down’ and click.
      4. Stand up and leave computer.
      5. Do something completely random and/or sleep.

      Hope that helps 😉

  3. Lees Shizzle

    Ok E. I took a break. My comp is working fine.. sorry Heather but it’s still not showing for me. it’s black square. and when I click it here’s what it show’s.

    404 Not Found
    The server can not find the requested page: (port 80)
    Please forward this error screen to’s WebMaster.

    So go Forge that E. givemeabreak
    .-= Lees Shizzle´s last blog ..I am Whacked…….Seriously! Just Shoot Me Now! =-.

  4. Carlos Velez

    I think I need to take breaks on purpose. I end up working really hard for really long and then take unintentional breaks for hours or days that don’t restorem they just make me feel bad about what didn’t get done. Blech.

    1. TylinaVespart

      Scheduled breaks are better, you can have fun and relax on them. Or so I hear 😉

      I try to take one day off a week, though usually I end up working anyway. Guessing we’ve both got ways to go! Thanks for stopping by Carlos
      .-= TylinaVespart´s last blog ..Overload; Here’s Why You Stop Listening =-.


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