Reflecting on the many conversations with such great craftsmen/artists this past week in Oklahoma City at the annual Cowboy Crossings exhibit and sale, I was reminded of a quote that is credited to James Michener:
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his life and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.”
Some might think that it takes tremendous talent, opportunity and effort to achieve this ideal. I would make the case that serving one’s neighbor with enthusiasm and humility is a worthy vocation for all.