Mind Your Own Business!

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Blog entry by amateur posted 04-03-2011 03:09 PM 1556 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

”...that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands…”

This verse from the Bible takes on more and more meaning to me as the world around gets more and more frenzied.

> lead a quiet life
> mind my own business
> work with my own hands

Gardeners do not plot revenge on their coworkers while they are trimming their favorite rose bush. When my neighbor is working on that ‘66 Dodge restoration in his garage, he is not interested in the latest gossip.
Somewhere along life’s journey I started noticing that active and focused people experience more life and less drama than those with too much time on their hands. That’s how I want to be!
How many woodworkers have I heard reply upon being complimented on their finished product, “Well, it keeps me out of trouble.”
The same is true of amateur quilters, gunsmiths, model railroaders, guitarists, photographers and jewelers. There is something wonderful to be said for being passionately involved in your chosen interest, regardless of your skill level.
“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” may not be a Bible quotation, but Grandma certainly knew something when she said it.
Could it be that mankind’s Creator also knows (and recommends) what makes us most fulfilled and happy? And in fact, I suspect it is not the hobby itself that brings the peacefulness. Rather, it is the quietness that results in the minding of one’s own business because he is occupied with working with his own hands.

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 07:37 PM

Idle hands?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 09:22 PM

Concentration on creativity curbs caustic condescending comments.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 09:55 PM

Amen to that, brother Amateur….
That was very alliterative of you, ksSlim…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 10:32 PM

And AMEN again!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 11:16 PM

1 Thessalonians 4:11, very good!
I amen that too.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 05:04 AM

Oh, that we could convince the world of the truth!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 11:05 AM

Thank you for reading.I appreciate the comments.

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