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BECOMING MY WORDS

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Blog entry by Don posted 01-02-2007 07:20 AM 882 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was raised by an Irish mother and a father who served as an officer in the Royal Canadian
Navy during WW2. “Son, if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well!” This proverb and many like it, represent the values that formed my character during my early years.

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one” and “some people make things happened, some watch things happen and others wonder what’s happened” are two more.

I used to think that we were victims of our circumstances. It’s taken me a lifetime to appreciate that we create our own reality. What really matters in life is, not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us.

It’s important to me to have a vehicle to express my creative inclinations, and even more importantly, a responsibility that helps me grow as a woodworker. This woodworking blog lets me become my words. After all, if one is going to write about a subject, one had better learn a bit about the subject.

[I must confess, I am not sure which comes first – the ideas, the words, or the skills. Perhaps they all three ‘metamorphize’ (is there such a word?) simultaneously. I find that if I can’t give an idea words, it has no shape, and for me, if it has no shape, I can’t make it.]

So where does the idea of responsibility come in? That’s easy, when I finally express an idea and do so by means of the written word, then I create an obligation for myself to become not a mere talker, but a person who does.

Oh, and if you need some character forming proverbs to motivate you, have a read of these.

“Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.”

“Do not speak unless you can improve the silence.”

“The longest journey starts with a single step.”

“Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.”

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

God bless,

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/



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#1 posted 01-02-2007 12:17 PM

Hi Don;
What a wonderful pleasure it has been in reading your words here this morning and I believe you are doing just great in expressing youself and your love of wood in your way of writing as being a ‘wordsmith’. By the way, that word ‘metamorphize’ comes from ‘metamorphose’ and means ‘to become transformed’.

To my way of thinking, the love of wood includes; ‘myself’ the woodworker, ‘the process’ which brings the wood and myself together and ‘the wood’ which creates the passion in need of expressing and so I take on responsibility to be true to that word ‘wood’. Now that is love as I create expressions of wood art.

—-quote from Don; “I used to think that we were victims of our circumstances. It’s taken me a lifetime to appreciate that we create our own reality. What really matters in life is, not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us.”

You have said a mouthful in these words and I could not say it any better then what you have said above, we do not have to be the victums of circumstance but can use our circumstances to create a better reality. Every morning upon my awakening I give thanks for a new day and forgetting those things that are behind I press on to a new day.

“Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.” Also how about; “after getting the beam out of mine own eye, everyone’s garden looked very good.”

Could go on and blow some more air here Don, but that’s what my blog’s for, have a very good day!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#2 posted 01-02-2007 12:31 PM

Hi Don;
What a wonderful pleasure it has been in reading your words here this morning and I believe you are doing just great in expressing youself and your love of wood in your way of writing as being a ‘wordsmith’. By the way, that word ‘metamorphize’ comes from ‘metamorphose’ and means ‘to become transformed’.

To my way of thinking, the love of wood includes; ‘myself’ the woodworker, ‘the process’ which brings the wood and myself together and ‘the wood’ which creates the passion in need of expressing and so I take on responsibility to be true to that word ‘wood’. Now that is love as I create expressions of wood art.

—-quote from Don; “I used to think that we were victims of our circumstances. It’s taken me a lifetime to appreciate that we create our own reality. What really matters in life is, not what happens to us, but how we react to what happens to us.”

You have said a mouthful in these words and I could not say it any better then what you have said above, we do not have to be the victims of circumstance but can use our circumstances to create a better reality. Every morning upon my awakening I give thanks for a new day and forgetting those things that are behind I press on to a new day.

“Criticizing another’s garden doesn’t keep the weeds out of your own.” Also how about; “after getting the beam out of mine own eye, everyone’s garden looked very good.”

Could go on and blow some more air here Don, but that’s what my blog’s for, have a very good day!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#3 posted 01-02-2007 12:41 PM

Hi Don;
Sorry about the two posts here but I was trying to correct a misspelled word and went back to my orginal one, changed the spelling and then this appears to be the result. Ha! Now I wonder how many would have even seen that misspelling. By the way the word was ‘victum’ which now becomes’victim’. Or maybe I have become a victim of my own word misspeling. Better yet, no victims here as I react and move on by giving thanks.

GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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#4 posted 01-02-2007 12:48 PM

As we Aussies say, “no worries, Mate!” I’ve done the same thing myself. That’s exactly the reason I’ve asked Martin to add editing capabilities to Comments.

By the way, if you used Firefox as your browser, it has a built in spell checker which helps avoid spelling errors.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 01-03-2007 02:36 AM

Don, thanks for you inspiring words!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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