....some might add and say at this point in the process that a woodworkers rite of passage is how well did he//she cultivate their own sense of worth at finding ‘integrity’....and then once found, can I be true to my definition of ‘integrity’?
Integrity is by sense of definition at www.wordsmyth.net; “a strong sense of honesty and morality; firmness of moral and ethical character.” I remember reading I believe last January, that the word ‘integrity’ was the number one searched out word at online internet dictionary providers for 2005.
As I look around the world I live in, to the forest, trees and wood all around me, I find myself planted right in the middle of New England, which is a summer and winter wonderland for people on vacations, who come to play and pay, and so I sometimes wonder….where do I fit in?
In a world today where the god of good is often how much power can I create and power comes from having an attitude of “do whatever it takes” to make money as I climb over, to stand on the shoulders of whoever gets in my way….I am challenged and rejoice that mankind still seeks to find out about ‘integrity’!
Quality can be and is even now being challenged by quantity, but I believe that quality can never be outdone as long as their remains those of us who will still speak her name. Yes that’s right, this Lady’s name is Integrity and she is the mother of all quality! Born within the bowels of Integrity, these children of quality go forth today to raise the standard of what has been to even greater heights of what shall yet be. These children grow up to become adults who refuse to give up their childhood hearts of innocence and purity. Having refused to follow after the paths of where the many go, they have instead decided to follow ‘the grain of their own wood’ going often into forests of woods where they can then blaze their own trail.
I have often heard it said that they who wander are lost, but as one who still wanders and loves wandering I know I am not lost, but that my wandering is only the result of having cast off all those shackles that would make me like the ‘quantity’. I am ‘quality’, born from the womb and character of Integrity and as such there burns within me a holy fire that lights the path before me and gives me singleness of eye that I might be the all I was meant to be.
The next time you feel disappointment, at your sense of seemingly lack of self accomplishment, go and grab a ‘power word’ such as integrity and see what happens as you mull this word over till the word begins to write you as its greatest definition!
You all have a very good day!!!
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/