"My father has collected stamps for almost eighty-five years. He has spent countless hours taking used stamps from letters and parcels, preparing them for the albums, cataloging them and pricing them. He has become a stamp expert, but his career was in plumbing, a field he truly loved. I don’t know the deep motive that led him to this hobby, but I do know that it put him in touch with a bigger world than he would have had as a plumber. He is in correspondence with collectors all over the world, and the stamps have educated him about cultures around the globe.
Avocations can be a part of your life work, and you don’t have to make them bigger than they are for them to belong there. The small things we do, the insignificant activities, can have a place in life much larger than they would seem to have. All human actions have a literal and a symbolic meaning, and gardening, collecting, and making crafts may be important as symbols as well as for what they achieve at the literal level."
Today’s Work: How may your hobbies contribute to your life work?
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