In Practice

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Earlier this year, I decided to take 100 days to just take things a little slower. I wanted to understand more about myself, how I work, what I’m passionate about…

I’ve learned a lot in these months — my 100 days isn’t up until the 28th of this month. One thing I’ve decided is that I definitely want to do this again. It’s a habit I want to obtain. Since August, I’ve taken note of how ‘flighty’ [for lack of a better word] I can be at times. Task and idea overwhelm is a very real thing, and I only recently realized the level on which I experience both.

The reality is, we cannot do all the things we love at once, nor should we. This would rip away the novelty and pleasure these delights bring, essentially robbing them of their status as passions or dreams.

Over the weekend, my family and I visited the Old Salem Museums and Gardens. One of my favorite buildings we were able to tour was the Single Brothers House. In the 1700s, Old Salem was a Moravian church town. When children came of school age, they were sent to either the boys or girls schools, where they lived until they came of age to be apprenticed. They would then move into either the Single Brothers House or the Single Sisters House where they learned and applied their chosen trade until they married. Imagine, choosing a lifetime career when you’re aged 12-16 and following that path wherever it took you – literally – for the remainder of your days. Some might think that terribly archaic… but I see a people that accepted themselves early on.

John Vogler, for example was one man we heard an awful lot about as we toured the museums. It is rumored Vogler’s father was a farmer. However, Vogler himself became a prominent craftsman, as a silversmith, gunsmith, even clock repair. I’ve seen his work first-hand. It’s beautiful. What I didn’t see were any records of anyone insisting that he become a farmer, or that his craft would never pay off in the end. The Vogler name is still a renowned one in Winston-Salem today — I’d say his work ‘paid off’ rather well.

My takeaways this week:

  • It takes time [sometimes years] and true dedication to become skilled at anything. No that doesn’t mean forever, or that we sell ourselves to it entirely. But it should definitely take priority.
  • We often sell ourselves short way too early in the game.
  • Broader passions will be seeded early in life. They are honed into more specific talents and skill sets as we practice and mature.
  • It’s okay to just pick one thing to become proficient at. Once you’ve reached your goals, then you can add something new.

Thanks for reading,