I had an enjoyable few hours cutting and splitting wood today, especially the splitting. We took down a triple trunk black birch tree that was dead and threatening the house.
The wood split nicely in the cold. I got all this done in about 30 minutes. In my experience, intention is a big part of wood splitting. You need to pay attention to the wood, where cracks are, where the branches are, split big ones near the edge first, and also to your technique (letting the axe to work and getting the most leverage) but the intention behind your swing and looking at where you want it to split seems to be a big part to me. Of course, this is true in life too.
I am very thankful to the standing ones for providing this beautiful wood to keep us warm this winter.