”...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.