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.”
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