A Strategy for Woodworking #40: Carpe Diem

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 01-13-2015 11:06 PM 1459 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Too Many Fumes Part 40 of A Strategy for Woodworking series Part 41: Texture »

Carpe diem does not mean fish of the day. It means get out there and do something. It means that time is a’wastin’. It means get down to the shop and build something. Create something of value for yourself & for others. There is a beautiful quote by the Scotsman mountain climber, W.H. Murray. It goes like this:

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. ‘”

-W.H. Murray

The Northwest Woodworking Studio

-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski

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#1 posted 01-14-2015 02:46 AM


My saying is ” you can’t get to the top of the ladder without taking the first step!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-15-2015 01:13 PM

Yep, what Doc said.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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