I wrote this for a relative that needed to hear it. Maybe you’ll identify with it or find a reason to research you own family history and formulate principals behind your virtue and purpose. I certainly think everyone should, especially those who say, “everything happens for a reason”.
I've often been asked if I meditate. Though I may appear of sound mind, picturing myself adorned in a robe, a soft calming melody, incense rising and dancing in the natural light of a stillroom; my answer is most certainly "no". Just like many things we’ve been led to believe, the practice of meditation and formulation of original thought is not a one-size-fits-all program.
Craftsmen don’t always get to choose their work. One of my most favorite things in the world is to unlock the door to my shop and turn on the lights. However, I’d be lying if I told you that I approach every job with the same zeal. But isn’t that just life sometimes? Despite having less enthusiasm for some jobs than others, you as a craftsman must keep two things in mind: know that what you’re creating, even as mundane as it may seem is a one-of-a-kind, but most importantly, make a nail.
The time I spend in the shop is not solely on the fabrication of handmade goods, but also on the forging of my own mind. You learn a lot while teaching yourself a trade and it doesn't matter how many articles you read and how many brains you pick, it isn't until you put yourself out there that you'll discover what it takes to create. It demands that you exercise your problem solving abilities, your memory of mathematics and geometry, your mechanical aptitude and most importantly your imagination and vision.