You mean, like a career?

A very nice insight from James, son of James.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been there. I know I have. That moment when you think, “wow, I know I trained for a completely different career but wouldn’t it be great to just be out in the shop building furniture all day, every day.”

The truth is, as much as we hate to admit it, that’s never going to be economically viable for most of us. Vic Tesolin offers some great thoughts on the subject in the End Grain column of the current issue of Popular Woodworking, and what he wrote hasbeen on my mind all week. The short version is that he supposes there is a lot of fulfillment to be had in woodworking as a hobby that becomes elusive when it’s a job.

For me, even though the line between woodworking as hobby and source of income has been increasingly blurred over the last few months…

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Be Kind While You Can

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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great advice from a great thinker.  Life is short and it’s easy to forget those important people in our lives; until it’s too late.

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B.F. Skinner says:

“Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”

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Be Yourself

This advice will go a long way towards happiness.  It isn’t an excuse to be selfish or uncaring of others but to find who you are and what you want to be.  A path we’re all on.

henry-david-thoreau“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

-Henry David Thoreau

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This is What You Shall Do…

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Image: Mark Summers

This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892, “This is what you shall do” – from preface of Leaves of Grass (1855).

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