In the Moment

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 02-13-2007 03:41 PM 1135 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although our past is part of who we are and a reminder of things we have learned and we envision and plan for our future, it is in the moment that we live: creating our life, portraying who we are, living true to our Selves.

My first real understanding of this message came for a book (I can’t remember the name right now but will look it up) in which the author talked about the process of walking to the door to open it. What are you doing in the moment? Walking to the door? No, you are taking one step and then another; you are shifting your weight from one foot to another.

The process of living does not lie in the results but in the process. For wood-artists (those who “make” because they love it as opposed to those who “make” simply because it’s a job) it is the process that captivates them, taking them into “the zone” where it is them, the wood, and the tools in their hands.

This same enjoyment and connectedness with living can and should be transferred to everything one does in life—from eating, to talking to someone, to driving, to… anything and everything. This moment is all you have.
Photo of Recent Project

This piece is a “self-portrait”. The centre profile (“in the moment”) has been stained and the past and future (one piece) have an oil finish on it. This is resting on a piece of wood that is just being used as a background for the photo. In the future I made attach it permanently… perhaps.

Wood: some plywood material
Tool: scrollsaw

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

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#1 posted 02-13-2007 04:32 PM

You have brought a new meaning to”self portrait”, Debbie.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 02-13-2007 05:11 PM

Debbie you have graduated out of pine and plywood. You can now try some hard wood. That would be a great piece done with quality materials…I really like it.

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#3 posted 02-13-2007 08:06 PM

thanks Dennis. I have to get my hands on some thin wood. Hopefully this can turn into something befitting a LumberJock competition :)

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

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#4 posted 02-15-2007 03:36 AM

Hi Debbie;
—-well I guess I’m late on seeing this one, but what you’re doing now is coming along really great! I second what Dennis has said here, what about doing this in some hardwood?

I believe your creative juices are really starting to flow and the way you are seeing what’s in the wood….amazing!!!


-- --frank, NH,

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#5 posted 02-15-2007 02:12 PM

thanks Dennis. All it took was to start thinking like a spiritual artist rather than a woodworker.

If I make it to town today I’m going to stop by a lumberyard and grab a new piece of wood to try working with.

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

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