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Creativity, craftsmanship and aesthetic expression are surely ends in themselves. We should not forget that. But even while they are ends in themselves, they serve purpose of re-focusing mind on something other than day-to-day cares.
If you are fighting good fight on a daily basis, and you take up, for example, woodworking, you have little choice but to solely concentrate on woodworking when you are doing it. If your focus slips, you might not only ruin your project, you might lose a finger. The point being, this re-focus will have a rejuvenating effect on you and will in turn do wonders for your “real” career.
Taking up an art or a craft at this point in your life also fulfills that unique masculine virtue of learning, of charging forward, of incrementally expanding your dominion over world, pushing your boundaries, living without fear, paralysis and boredom. Men should know how to do things, lots of things. They should constantly learn, create, expand – and teach.
As General Patton often remarked, “I don’t want to hear anything about holding your ground. We must advance!”
I recently had a party conversation with a psychiatrist who explained that it is a demonstrable scientific fact that if an adult takes up music for first time, brain will literally begin to show activity in areas which were previously underutilized. I don’t know about you, but I think using more of my brain seems like a pretty good idea!
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Mark Cole is an attorney and lives near Magnolia, Texas (population 1,111) with his wife, Shona, son Matthew, daughters Lily Kate and Laura, and two dogs. After growing up in the Texas panhandle, Cole earned degrees from Baylor, Yale Divinity School, Notre Dame Law School and the University of Houston Law Center. To learn more about how the Great Men can inspire and motivate you, please visit http://www.ConversationsFromthePast.com.