Happy Monday Morning!
As I drink my coffee from my lovely new mug, I was recently at a conference on Orca’s Island, this is one of the prettiest places I have been in a very long time. It’s in the San Juan Islands, about a 2 hour ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
One of the things I like to do when I am in a new area, is to take some time to explore. It’s a relatively small island, so I rented a little moped to explore the different places.
I stopped at Olga Pottery www.olgapottery.com, it is owned by Jerry Weatherman. His work is really beautiful, unique & practical. I asked him a question “Does your work bring you joy?”.
Jerry paused at first & replied,
“It gives me deep satisfaction, I am continually growing and discovering new things, even after 43 years, and I have a short walk to my office”.
I look at relationships, a lot like work, if you were in a relationship for 43 years & were able to answer in the way Gerry did, most people would say that you have chosen a great partner. His response was for me a textbook definition of joy. He has what most of us are looking to find in work & in our life.
As a potter he starts with the raw material & sculps with his hands something of beauty & value. To me, this is the opportunity we all have in life. Our raw materials our are talents, passions, intelligence, personality & values. Like the potter we can sit at the wheel of our life & work at producing something that we are proud of. That is both our opportunity & responsibility in this life.
I think of a another person who has sculpted his raw materials into something of great value, Chris Hadfield. I love this quote:
“Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time, turns you into who you are, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become”.
Jerry & Chris are for me two excellent examples of sculpting their careers & lives into a life worth living.
What are you doing with your raw materials? It’s never too late, nor too soon to start to put them back on the wheel.
Sculpting, Along the road with you!
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