Elaine and I were having the afternoon toddy Friday when she asked an interesting question – one I’ve been asked many times:
“Where does all your energy come from?”
I don’t mind sharing the answer because it’s so simple – obvious – and so many philosophies have tried to tariff (that is charge) for what everyone should be told early in life for FREE. (I just got lucky!)
There are just a few steps to “channeling” unlimited energy and it goes like this:
- You need to understand the simple poem “Hymn of Apollo” by Shelly.
- I am the eye with which the Universe
Beholds itself, and knows it is divine;
All harmony of instrument or verse,
All prophecy, all medicine, is mine,
All light of art or nature; – to my song
Victory and praise in its own right belong.
- I am the eye with which the Universe
- The key part is “I am the eye with which the Universe beholds itself.
- Now blend carefully with the Bard’s “All the world is a stage”
- Thus, the relationship between Divine and Man (in the non-gender sense) becomes clear.
We are Stage Hands.
We are each (and every one) of us the “local agents” of Divine. Some build The Great Work, others try to tear it down. Kinda like a dance.
The Universe provides ALL (and unlimited power) to those who accept, honor, and act with Gratitude toward the Great Work.
Put another way, God (or whatever you call it) needs an Audience, Workers, and a thank-you now and then is appreciated many times over.
That’s it. Except the love part, but that springs from being involved in the Great Work. And seeing the joy in it all.
“But Industrial Arts? WTF?”
Oh…sure. Of course!
Step out into the shop and let’s find an imperfection to resolve. Something that doesn’t quite fit the local worker’s understanding of what the Great Work would look like in his home workshop.
Just outside my office door? Imperfection!
There is an air hose and compressor rig that needs to be “conformed” a little closer to perfection. The problem is the retracting air hose is down at floor level: On this bracket…
Since a new bench is going in here, the hose would not feed correctly. It has to be moved for the next step in the Great
Work Shop to move along.
Not a big deal: Just unscrew the bolts, move the bracket 5-feet higher on the pole building support. Ah, but to do that, I need to get out the impact driver…
…and I’m called to show you my “Impact Driver Lasso.”
It’s a 16″ piece of cord. Bent up shower curtain hook on one end (to snag a belt loop or pocket) and a bowline knot on the other. Whenever you are climbing a ladder, you “lasso the handle” and that frees up hands to carry things up the ladder – like parts and such. (I gotta mention to the GunFightersInc. people that they ought to make a chest mounted impact wrench holder. Maybe something that would hold both a Glock AND an impact wrench…hmmm…
With bracket moved, time to put Teflon tape on the air fittings because I decided to re-plumb things a bit while I was at it:
Finally, we get to the whole point of this morning’s meander in the shop: For not very much money at all, you can buy a set of open-end thin wrenches.
If you do very much work, at all, you’re going to run into a situation (tightening air hose couplings is one) where a “thick” wrench, like a regular Crescent, for example, won’t fit. See how cool thin wrenches work?
By the way, Crescent does make a special thin head adjustable. It’s just that was at the electronics bench (where it’s very useful) and the thin wrench set was closer. Notice how the thin head doesn’t get compressed between the swagged fitting and the large nut as the joint is tightened?
On the post, not going to get in anything’s way.
If you’re trying to design and build the “perfect home shop” (which like a perfect boat, has yetd to be invented) a reasonable starting point I should have come to earlier on would have been: Power, Light, and Air all go overhead. Which makes perfect sense. No cords to trip on and much less bending and…
While I was at it, notice the clean-up on the compressor air manifold?
From left to right, you’re seeing a small air line dryer. This keeps the air dry enough to use in the plasma cutter. There’s a second dryer on the machine, as well.
That next “gob of shit” is a 4-to-1 manifold. I’m alwlays amazed how many people don’t use manifolds. They waste work time playing “dances with air hose.” Not here.
Top yellow right feeds 50-feet of air hose on the reel (now overhead). The next yellow one down on the right feeds the workbench which has air for nailers and such. And a 20-foot orange coil goes over to the milling machine, metal lathe and is useful on the grinders and such. Fourth line, which I will plug back in momentariliy, runs over to the drill press area.
When done? Lots of open space:
Where the new bench can go.
From here, off to another project – This time outside. Where, in order to keep fire ants from crawling on me (and biting) – a mix of lemon oil and tea tree oil with a drop of dish soap into a sprayer:
Fearlessly on to the next project! Really keeps the fire ants off.
There’s an old joke about owning a fair bit of property: “ Everywhere the eye lights, another project is seen that must be done…”
Which, if you don’t look as yourself as a “master stage hand” (on “all the world’s a stage”) could be a depressing burden.
But if you look at yourself more as the “Local agent of the Universal Super Power” – and thus able to claim – at will – access to unlimited energy and wisdom on request?
The only thing missing is enough time to do it all…because perfection – whether inside or out – is never quite done.
But its pursuit is the finest use of what time there is…so off to do more.
Clock’s ticking for all of us…We do want to have a great and worthy Life Review reel to watch at the End, right?
Write when you get rich,