Showing up

Snake River Drawbridge connecting Clarkston with Lewiston, Washington with Idaho.

Set yourself in motion, if it is in your power, and do not look about you to see if anyone will observe it; nor yet expect Plato’s Republic: but be content if the smallest thing goes on well, and consider such an event to be no small matter.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, IX.29

Enthusiasm develops with interest, interest develops through investigation, investigation is facilitated by showing up.

Showing up is the beginning and the easiest yet most important step. This is a technique I’m working with in concert with my woodworking. Showing up in the shop. Soaking in the atmosphere. Fretting from here to there. Cleaning, organizing, taking inventory. Sparks will happen, enthusiasm will come, be patient. I keep telling myself to "be patient” and keep showing up.