Building Yourself. This book is a diary that Procter kept while he was
working as a carpenter in Oregon, and it's a sad thing indeed he never
lived to see it published. It's far more than a collection of
anecdotes about carpentry or the motley crew of carpenters he was
working with. It shows one very ordinary man's struggle with being
forced to work in order to survive, pressing on despite depression and
fatigue. Anyone who gets the Sunday Night Blues can
definitely relate. Even more inspiring are the moments of
transcendence where Procter finds the rhythm of his work or even just
takes a moment to appreciate beauty or happiness somewhere.
Go to your work and be strong, halting not in your ways...
Rudyard Kipling, "The Song of the Dead"
Waking up this morning, I smile,
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
And to look at all beings with eyes of compasssion.
Tich Nhat Hanh, Present Mind, Wonderful Moment