Turns out that the topic for this week ties into the ideas of Stephen Covey discussed here yesterday. The last few days have been dedicated to sharpening the saw, so to speak. How so? Through a hobby I have.
As Covey reminded us in his work, “sharpening the saw” is when we take the time to balance and renew our resources, energy, and health to “create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to the society for spiritual renewal.” (Wikipedia)
It’s amazing how a hobby can take away the worries of the day, bring on a challenge, and provide new learning. Oftentimes hobbies are purposeful as we create a tangible outcome – like jars of pickles, a renewed chair, or a beautiful photo album – or meet a particular goal – like finish a marathon, complete a kayaking journey, or summit a new peak. This sense of purpose brings meaning to our lives and enriches us.
Unfortunately, hobbies find their way to the bottom or our priority list too often. These activities can seem frivolous, even selfish. They are, however, important to our self-development, to our learning more about ourselves, and to ensure that our lives are multi-dimensional. We are more than our work. We are more than our family. Our lives are a tapestry woven with many different threads, and our hobbies provide some of the brighter strands.
While I committed a crazy amount of time to my hobby this week, I will reap benefits from this commitment for months to come. I learned a few new things and enjoy looking at – and consuming – the outcome of my efforts.
Been a while since you spent time on your favorite hobby? I leave you with these words from Dale Carnegie:
Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.