I hear and read a lot these days about dealing with the stresses of the world, and there are many: COVID, politics, climate change, social unrest…to name just a few. And while I am not a hermit, I confess to not feeling stressed — hardly at all!
Does that make me an unfeeling person? Am I deluded and out of touch? Is there something wrong with me? Even though some may disagree, that is not the case. I try to stay very informed about the world. But with advancing years comes experience and a bit of wisdom. Having lived through difficult times before and made it through them has provided perspective.
And then there is woodworking. It’s a surefire stress reliever for me. (That is, unless I am making hidden dovetail joints…) Even if there is a challenge in my project, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune — the annoying stuff — becomes less important. A friend of mine calls his shop time “therapy.” So here’s to all of us getting into the shop. We do it for our mental health!
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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