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Treasures from the Woodpile

Live oak penSanity is an important thing to maintain. Hobbies and interests can help keep the old creative juices flowing. Whenever I come off an unusually rigorous road trip, I can’t wait to spend a few hours in my shop.

My hobby is turning pens on a lathe. It’s always a thrill to take a plain piece of wood and create something that is both beautiful and functional. And, in many ways, it’s a metaphor for hope. The pen pictured here was made from a plain old piece of live oak branch I trimmed off a tree in my yard several years ago.

What was spared from the fireplace can now create a masterpiece of its own (with a little help): a song, a poem, a letter of encouragement.

A letter? The piece “Three Letters from Teddy” comes to mind. You can find it in a heartbeat on a Google search, I’m sure. It’s a beautiful story of a relationship between a teacher and a struggling student with less than desirable mannerisms and habits. (It has been pretty well established that this story is fiction, but it does make a point.) I won’t spoil the story; check it out for yourself. It tell us what a little bit of encouragement and affirmation can accomplish. That’s the hope part, and hope can be replicated, nourished and encouraged. Many of us (myself included) are testaments to the difference encouragement and affirmation has made and continues to make in our lives. 

It’s about the treasure in the woodpile, awesome potential wrapped up in a slightly soiled disguise.

But aren’t they ALL treasures, really?

James Sutton, Psychologist


April 30, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Educators, family, Inspirational, Parents, Self-esteem

1 Comment »

  1. Yes, they are all treasures. Wonderful article. I am a fan of the Teddy story. It is true, there is much beauty when we allow ourselves to see it.


    Comment by tobeme | May 1, 2007 | Reply

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