”Woodworking Wood Translation”
I was reading Don’s blog this morning where he got me to thinking on these words; ”Becoming My Words”, http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Don/blog/105, and what a refreshing grouping of words that he has chosen to unite together in harmony!
Becoming my words is doing away with that way of thinking that says I am the victim of circumstance…. and therefore, ”now I will use the power of words to become the all that I was meant to be.”
When I first started some years ago to understand ‘words’ and the power that they have to create, was also when I started examing my tongue as a tool of expression for ‘upsizing’ or ‘downsizing’. From here I went on to even exploring how the use of words affects one’s own body health by producing either ‘in sickness’ or ‘in wealth of health’. Did not Solomon himself say; ” Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Do you, do I and do we start to see the power that is in ‘words’? Now if there is that much power in a word, be it spoken or unspoken and be sure of one thing and that is, the word is sharp because it is backed up by our thought content and that this is what we throw out when we start speaking. Throw out you say, and yes, whether we just think or speak the word for or against ourselves or someone else we our ‘speaking the thought’ of what is living in our hearts.
So then, when I start to understand this, I asked myself how can I transform my life and also those who inhabit my sphere of influence and this is where I am no longer just a victim of circumstance. For years I used to listen to folks tell me why they had it so bad and why they were all victims beyond what was in there control to fix. And yes if I want to be a victim I can also be a victim and tell some horror stories just as we all have our stories to tell. But those stories I told only kept me digging my grave ever deeper and held me captive to the words I spoke. Victims never get better as they eventually die by accepting their demise.
I stopped being a victim when I choose to create my own reality and to plant the seeds of very good words, power words of life in the garden of where I am living. First of all I started planting good words in my heart daily and thinking on those things in myself and others that were of good report. If I could not see good right off, then I started believing and watching for those good reports and in this way I started watering my garden. When I started seeing good sprouts coming up I also remembered that some weeds appear to look better then the real thing so I left them alone trusting in the good word to yet produce after its own kind.
In this way of thinking I have come to understand that I am the words that I speak and my becoming is often as close to and as directly related to what I think, as to the reality of where I am going. The reality of where I am going is the reaction that is produced in me by the words that I give place to in my heart.
So now we come to us as workers of wood and where does this fit into my shop practices and what I am making? “No piece of wood art is of its own making, but that the piece requires the hand of another who is willing to come alongside the grain of wood and work with the grain, knowing that the good intent, the worker of wood has seen in the wood, is but the outcome of that wood piece speaking forth good words as interpreted by the artist.” —-flp
You all have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/