It feels good to care for sticks. They feel good in your hands, and help keep you healthy. (Who knows, maybe they’ll add a few years to my life?) So, a couple times a year, I oil them, to shine them up and keep them from getting dry with splinters. I’m happy to see the sticks.
Part of my morning routine at Mann’s Pond — an exercise where you imagine you are entering the sword/staff, then the staff entering you (hoshi otoshi in Shintaido). In beautiful nature, you are entering the world, the world is entering you.