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October 1, 2005

It's in the process not the product

I was talking about my woodcarving and Ukranian Egg decorating. I've done a lot of intricate, beautiful woodcarving over the years and have one piece hanging in my library now and a few hiking sticks. Everything else I gave away. People have asked me, sounding kind of shocked, why I did not sell my woodcarving. But I can give it away, because for me the true beauty is not in the product for sale, but in the making of the art. The process of carving and seeing the object revealed is the beauty and the reward. I can make as many of them as I want in a million variations because I know how, and I enjoy doing it. The same is true for the Ukranian Eggs. The process is the most important part of the whole thing. And I can create an infinate number and variety of these eggs because I know how to do it and really enjnoy.
Some people just don't get this. In life the most valuable part of it is not the stuff we accumulate or the status we achieve but the process of living it. It is through this process that we learn to love and share and change.

Posted by carl1236 at October 1, 2005 11:30 PM | Attitude


Plus there might not be that much money in wooden eggs.

Kidding, because I do know what you mean. And few of us are lucky enough to be able to make a living out of a process that we love doing...

Posted by: Paul M. Martin at October 2, 2005 4:52 PM

Thanks Paul. And this post is not just about making a living out of a process that we love doing, though it could have to do with our occupation, but it's also about the process of life itself. Too often we are distracted by the 'end result' or some specific gain that we want to realize that we are missing the point in life. Are we loving God with our whole being and loving others more than we love ourselves? If God is Love, then how are we living right now with God?

On your topic of prayer, I thought it was interesting one person responded by saying that even a 'wiccan's spell' could be considered a prayer. Tonight I had the experience of seeing a person I know, Tom, pull out some cards and cast a spell of healing for his friend who was in a car accident and in critical condition. This guy was a drunk driver who by his own poor choices got in a car while intoxicated and wrecked it and himself up pretty badly. Many people would see this as him getting what he deserved. Yet here was Tom casting a spell for his friend's healing.
I asked him what had happened and why he was casting the spell and he told me that the drunk driver was his friend that had been trying to stay sober and was even going to AA. But he made a bad choice one night and fell off the wagon, and ended up in the hospital. It was fortunate he didn't hurt anyone else in the process. He then told me that he felt sorry for his friend and hoped he would get another chance because he was so close to making it. In my heart I knew that this man would live. Of course there are legal consequences for driving drunk, but that has nothing to do with Tom's spell of healing for his friend. The drunk driver will face his own consequences and has a rough road.
In this moment of prayer for a friend in critical condition, Tom understood forgiveness and caring for someone else. To some the cards and spell are meaningless and even sinful, but there is no mistaking a genuine heartfelt prayer for someone on the brink of making it and falling over the edge.
Tom is in a process of living life the best he knows how and I've observed him do selfless act after selfless act. For instance, there was a big event he wanted to go to, but he was at work today, because he wanted to help out his boss who is having a little trouble. He wasn't even working for pay today and he gave up something he really wanted to do. He knew where he had to be though at that time. There was no doubt in his mind. Again Tom demonstrated his heart by living it. Tom has seen his share of bad choices and felt the judgement of others many times over. Tom's a homeless guy and has had a good share of being condemned for his choices. Living life is very strange, wonderful and interesting isn't it? In these brief moments of loving others there is hope and life.

Posted by: John at October 2, 2005 10:24 PM

I really like your story about Tom there. Just because someone does something stupid doesn't mean they don't deserve positive mojo - they need it all the more.

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