Chopping the wood pile in front of you is a powerful metaphor that yanks you out of the mess of modern life and sets you down in the natural world where you know instinctively that to live your best life you can only truly focus your attention on one thing at a time. When you're feeling swamped by all the things crying out for your attention, imagine yourself outside under the big sky breathing fresh air with a pile of wood at your feet. Feel the warmth of the smooth wooden axe handle as you grip it with both hands. It feels good. Remember that feeling.