"Standards of Principle" ---by RusticWoodArt

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Blog entry by frank posted 01-23-2007 02:33 PM 624 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Standards of Principle

....standards are the barbells that we work out with daily, in the gyms of our minds and if you decide to not practice your standards of barbells daily, then you likewise will become the fat around your heart and of no profit to yourself, except for those of likemindedness such as yourself who will welcome you into their den of slumber where you will all talk about the days gone by and how it used to be, before you gave up your right to be called ‘one who walks with principle’....

Principle is a standard that as ‘workers of wood’ we all must face and make a decision on, or the decision will be made for you and you will just opt out and go with the flow. Make sure you understand how easy it becomes to just go with the flow as many are saying today; “come on in, the water is fine and the river is flowing, so come join the group.”

My way of working is one that I have set my own standards to and these standards are what keep me on track and focused, as I sail on this ocean of dreams in a world where I must work day by day.”

Principles are those truths, ‘those absolute truths’ that I have decided to live by on a daily bases, “come do or die”, and so from early dawn rising to the end of the day I have set my face as flint that I will abide by these ‘standards of principle’. My ‘standards of principle’ guide my life and just because the thoughts of society around me change as yesterdays political correct becomes today’s political incorrect, so also my woodworking habits I learned way back ‘then’ and ‘when’ are those same ones I use today as they have proven to be ‘tried’ and ‘true’. I learned woodworking because I picked up a hammer, saw, piece of wood and some nails. So because I practiced at woodworking in those childhood days, so also I learned my own set of standards which continue to now and these standards have become principles that guide my life in all areas of the way.

Having no-one to teach me woodworking, I was forced to learn from the wood and the tools that I found. And hand saw taught me to have respect for that line I had scribed in the wood. Ha! I learned to measure from the use of a yardstick and also that there was a difference in the measuring by which side of the mark I looked to, so I started placing my mark as coming from the center of that marked yardstick. Next came steel rulers and then there was the day I acquired a tape measure and I remember the beauty of this fine instrument as I held this one in my hands. My tools though simple, taught me respect that I never would have gotten, if I had been not been open to learning their ‘standards of conduct’. The woods of my youth taught me of wood and in these woods I learned the ‘how’ and ‘what’ to take out and back home, so as to work with that handsaw and a knife.

From this I learned how tools and wood could work together for the good of making boxes, furniture and sculpture and from this understanding also came my ‘standards of principle’ of how I was made in the image of God and should live in this world were I worked as one who also respected all of mankind.

And so once again; ” My way of working is one that I have set my own standards to and these standards are what keep me on track and focused, as I sail on this ocean of dreams in a world where I must work day by day.”

Standards of Principle” concerning Ambition, and here I will quote:

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. —-by Ralph Waldo Emerson be continued....

You all have a very good day!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 01-23-2007 02:42 PM

to thine own Self be true.
Discovering this Self is the journey, living true to this Self is the challenge.

You are indeed a man of principle and honour: this comes across in your words, your insights, and your work. I am honoured to know you.

The easy way out is often enticing, trying to take shortcuts and disregard your personal beliefs and standards. But the result of taking such actions is an injury to your Spirit, to your self-esteem, and to the image that you potrait to others.

When my kids were young I’d help them make decisions by asking them, “how will you feel about yourself in the morning?” I think that this has helped them become responsible adults.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 09:02 PM

Frank, I think of myself as a man of principal. I’ve met so many people that seem to be ‘rudderless’ in this regard. I just can’t imagine how one copes when life’s challenges as difficulties come along – an come along they do. Without guiding life principals, I would quickly run aground, or end up on the rocks (to maintain the analogy). Although not quite the same thing, but somewhat related, I have posted my Personal Mission Statement in my CanuckDon blog (link below).

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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