About four years ago, I bought a pair of scissors for 100 yen. After three years they got dull. One thought popped up: “I need to sharpen them.” Another thought was: “These scissors were cheap. The quality was bad.” I assume that many of you think the same as I did.

I have been reducing my garbage little by little these past four years. So I chose not to discard the scissors. I kept using them with complaining. I blamed my scissors for my performance.

Last week I got a fresh perspective about scissors from a paper cutout artist. According to him, even if they are halfway rusty, that is not the problem. Actually, he used them the same way as he uses sharp ones.

There are two points to keep in mind when reviving your scissors without sharpening. First, keep the edge at a 30 degree angle. Second, push both edges to keep out space between both edges.

We sometimes blame something for our performance or our existence like me. And we feel as if we pass the buck by blaming something. We sometimes mix blaming and taking responsibility. We need to discriminate between blaming and taking responsibility. Blaming is not creative. But taking responsibility is creative. I was guided by my scissors to open up myself to a more creative world.