Will Power

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 01-24-2007 03:47 PM 1148 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I sit here taking the time to type a few words my dishes sitting waiting for me to start the morning routine. Routine house duties are usually completed long before now but distractions have led me astray and I have followed.

My little lanyard project sits here by my computer, a reminder of my first attempt at wood carving. As I sat looking at it this morning I mulled over the suggestion to put the rope markings in it and Rick’s input this morning seconded this feedback. So that will be my next woodworking task—make it look like a piece of rope.

The other piece of advice received from the LumberJocks was to try using handtools and set aside the Dremel. My first thoughts, on that subject, were that I wanted to use my little tool and create with it. However, following my time yesterday baking bread and realizing that there was no comparision between the pleasure of kneading bread and that of using the little power tool. And so I realize that my desire to work with wood did not lie in the creation but in touching and handling the wood itself. What better way to do this than with hand tools and direct contact with the wood—just as using a bread machine does not achieve the same goal as making the bread from scratch. It is the hands-on, sensory experience that I am after: the connection with the wood and the wood Spirit.

Sitting here, staring at the wood, I remembered that a couple years ago I had bought a little wood carving set at the “Dollar Store” to play around with. Expectations were pretty low—the 5-piece set only cost a dollar! I only had them out of the package once, at the time, making a few strokes in a piece of really soft wood. They then went back in the package, the package got stuck away in a cupboard and that’s where they have stayed – until this morning.

And so I found the set, picked up the little lanyard I had made yesterday and decided to carve out the “dips” at the rope twists. Half an hour later I am hooked, want to do more, and sit debating with myself about when to get back to the dishes!

And so this is when the WILL POWER has to kick in. House duties first, THEN woodworking (IF there is time before I head to my client’s). Will power—the commitment to intention and priorities; the follow through with responsible choices and doing what you “have” to do before doing what you “want” to do—or, doing what you “want” to do before doing what you “have” to do, in order to find balance in your life.

For me, it is always the “have to” list that I need the will power to complete. And the Universe has reminded me of this already. As I check to make sure I have the writing spelling for “lanyard” the Pisces Horoscope pops up and what does it say????

_ Your imagination is still overly active. Keep on track with the work on your plate and you can accomplish whatever is required, while still being able to dream your Piscean dream. ( _

Yes, Universe, I’m going – I’m going!! Dishes first; carving second, time permitting.

Will Power: I can do this!!


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 03:54 PM

You just might be a lumberjock if … You’d rather work on a piece of wood, than the chores …like cooking and cleaning.

It’s Official Deb, yer a Lumberjock

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 05:04 PM

or pay the bills… or…

thanks Obi!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-24-2007 05:13 PM

You have to pay the bills if you want to run your power tools. ;)

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#4 posted 01-24-2007 08:14 PM

About your cheap set of carving tools. I hope they have good enough steel so they can hold an edge. Try get them as sharp as you can, or you may get disgusted, & give it up. Check on the internet for sharpening procedure. When I first started carving my tools weren’t as sharp as I thought, & it made things much harder. Sharp tools are the main thing in carving.
I taught a carving class once, & had the students bring their own tools. About all we accomplished the first session was getting their tools sharp.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 01-24-2007 09:46 PM

I saw something recently about sharpening the tools and figured that my little purple $.20 blade isn’t great and that it won’t last long. But I’ll have fun with it until it breaks.
I’m really looking forward to doing some more carving with them.

- kid in a candy store

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-25-2007 03:23 AM

If you keep your work on your plate, (carving) you won’t have to worry about having to do the dishes!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 01-25-2007 09:50 AM

Debbie, I don’t have as much problem with will power as I do with ‘won’t power’. Things like:
I won’t sit at my computer and blog on LumberJocks. or
I won’t wonder into that woodworking tool shop, or (if I do)
I won’t buy anything, or if I do, I won’t buy anything that I don’t really need, or
I won’t start another project before I finish this one, or if I do, I’ll get them both finished at the same time, or
I won’t tell my wife “I had that shiny tool for years, or
I won’t say, “I can make that” and find myself making one for my friend I’ve just met, or,
Well you get the idea!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 01-25-2007 01:26 PM

lol that would be called “free won’t” – we were each given it but do we use it; that is the question!

hmmm carving a plate….. to match my spoon… which will inspire a fork and knife… and I already have the napkin holder!!
I see a trend starting here

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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