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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2011, 10:16:25 am »
  2.  "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."
  3.  What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
Ecc 1:2&3

  Once I asked my Preacher about deer hunting on Sunday.  I told him that I sat in church that morning thinking about how pretty it was out the window and how the deer were probly moving all under my stand.  He told me it was better to be in the deer stand on Sunday thinking about being in church, than in church thinking  about being on the deer stand.  He said then my mind was in the right place even if my body was not.  There is great wisdom in his words.
  For 10 years I worked dawn till dark 6 and sometimes 7 days a week and when I lost it all I was alone and without anything to do.  I have not sawed a log in 3 months now and miss it like I have lost a hand.  But I loved what I did and most of you are the same as me.  So if you are in the skidder in the woods wishing you were in the deer stand or in the deer stand wishing you were in the skidder there is no loss for all is vanity. 
  JUST enjoy what you are doing at the time you are doing it and remember that while some people will say that none lie in the grave wishing they had worked more is not true.  Because I know there are logs that will rot not tasting my blade in order to live again.  For a tree is a creation of GOD and is put here for our use and we honor Him in doing what is right with what we are given.  Let there be no vanity in the waste of a talent or skill and remeber to stop and smell the roses on the journey of life and spend some time on the deer stand.

 

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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2011, 10:33:52 am »
What Paul said, except I know you to be a standup, guy that is.
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« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2011, 12:54:26 pm »
I didn't know Jeff did standup.  Can't wait to see his show!  :D

Seriuosly,  this push - pull is in all of us.  I hate leaving things undone, so I guess I have been guilty of accepting that things have gone undone at home as a consequence.  Before I got married (age 40) I was married to my work.  I'm sure I still am, and I need to constantly remind myself that my family "job" (ouch!) is much more important.  Our nest is empty starting next fall, so Jenny and I will be looking at each other across the dinner table without the kids as a focal point.  Need to make sure that that's a good moment repeated everyday.    
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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2011, 01:07:22 pm »


Jeff,
I don't think you are a jerk or have a bad attitude about anything. I think you must be a stand up guy and I for one appreciatte that. If this forum wasn't a family friendly place to be, I wouldn't be on here. I know you work hard to keep it that way. Thank You.  PC


 PC just said what I was thinking :)

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« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2011, 01:50:28 pm »


Jeff,
I don't think you are a jerk or have a bad attitude about anything. I think you must be a stand up guy and I for one appreciatte that. If this forum wasn't a family friendly place to be, I wouldn't be on here. I know you work hard to keep it that way. Thank You.  PC


 PC just said what I was thinking :)




Me too.

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« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2011, 07:34:14 pm »
I have been so blessed in that I have been self employed since I was 25 years old. There was very few football games, wrestling matches or soccer games that I missed. That is not because my business was so successful that I didn't have any money worries but I knew that the time I had with the boys was going to be shorter than I wanted.
In your business life there will always be things to worry about, dollars to chase or deals to close. In your family life you only have the moments to take with you. You must learn to recognize the moments and seize them. Like a trip to a cabin with a friend, or the few times I had to go through Jacksonville, Fl. to get parts for some equipment I would stop and pick up Mr. Tom. We would get some lunch (usually BBQ) pick up the part and do some visiting. I cherish the time I got to spend with Mr. Tom.
Last year on a bike ride through the mid west I got to meet Bro. Noble and spend the night with him and his family. I will hold that visit very dear to my heart for the rest of my life. I met with a few other members on that trip and am very thankful that I was able and welcome to do so.
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« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2011, 07:49:43 pm »
Mother has said, on more than one occasion, concerning extended family and acquaintances: "If they can't come see me when I'm alive, then don't bother when I'm dead". And she means it. ;D  ;)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2011, 09:50:02 pm »
Ya Jeff, I think you do a stand-up job to keep the forum going. I enjoy reading all the replies of the members on the different subjects.  And I learn a lot. What to  and what not to do. But I'm like the rest of you being workaholics. I do take time off in the fall to go to all the fairs in NH, Maine and Vermont. And for the last two years I have been demonstrating the Wood-Mizer at the Sandwich Fair.  The last fair of the season in NH. This year was beautiful weather and they had a record crowd of 40.000 + and I think I talked to half of them. After 3 days my ears hurt :D :D :D But I do love to saw wood and talk with my customers. Most of them are stand-up people, but you know sometimes there can be a bad apple and I don't let them get me down. I just had all my chainsaws stolen and I was upset for about 15 minutes then went out and bought new saws. I'm trying Dolmars this time instead of Huskys.Just bought a 9 acre woodlot that hasn't seen a saw in 30 plus years. Can't wait to get in there to cut. :D
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« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2011, 10:20:55 pm »
There is one thing more tragic than waiting until someone is gone and then wishing that you had done more with them.  That is for both of you to be alive and and still not doing it.  Visit now, catch up on old times, do a favor or return a favor.  Sit on the front porch and rock together.

I try to pass on a gentle reminder with each post that I make.  "Before you die....take time to live".
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« Reply #29 on: November 06, 2011, 07:17:11 am »
Retirement, means to me,I can do what I want,when I want and as much as I want. If I want to cut wood and cut down a tree and walk off and start to dig rocks,or go for a walk and get back to the tree a day later than so be it. I try to talk to people I see in stores from years ago. Teachers,co workers,class mates whoever. It only takes a few minutes most times,sometimes longer,but that is fine too.
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« Reply #30 on: November 06, 2011, 07:46:21 am »
What is weird for me is that I seem to be able to learn to do most anything BUT retire. We have enough, and more, for me to never work again, but whenever I clear out the work, the next thing you know, I pick up another project, etc.

Oh well, I guess it keeps me happy... and keeps me out of my wife's hair.  :D

But, I don't fish enough and don't visit friends enough. I definitely spend enough time walking the plantations though, which is fun.

Our daughter and a girl friend are sending three weeks with us right now, and that is wonderful. Adult children as so much more fun than teenagers.   :D Especially when they turned out well.
So, how did I end up here anyway?

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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2011, 09:32:03 am »
I'm away from my wife quite a bit with work, and when we first bought our house we wanted to do a lot of upgrades to it, so I was working extra and away a lot.  A couple of years ago we both made a decision to enjoy life more, and learn to relax, to spend more quality time together. 
Since then, I stopped going a million miles a minute and working all day everyday when I was home from work.  I've really learned to relax and smell the roses. 

I'm now home as much as I can be, still away a lot, but home on vacation 6 months a year. 
 
We came up with some small, seemingly insignificant ideas, a couple of the ideas we came up with, were to always go to bed together, we don't go up to the bedroom until the two of us are both ready.  Every morning when we wake up, we wake up together, we make coffee together, and we sit on our couch in front of the window drinking our coffee, looking at the birds in the trees, the horses across the street, the snow in the winter, and the leaves in the fall.  We talk, the t.v. stays off....we have some of our best conversations on that couch in the mornings.   

Last year my wife quit her job, it was the best decision we've ever made.  Now we're working on starting a family.  I hope I learned early enough in life to enjoy everyday like it was the last, to not wish the day away, to realize it's okay if something goes unfinished when it's time to relax . 

Another rule we have, no chores after dinner.....Thats quality time for each other. 
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« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2011, 10:03:09 am »
Yeah Piston, that not wishing the day away is hard enough when the days are going bye fast anyway. ;D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2011, 10:05:43 am »
I remember when I was a kid we would say to each other "lets play men".  I am one that thinks work is good.  it is our playtime.  My toys are work toys.  I don't have any holiday trailers, boats, fancy quads or motorcycles.  Am I happy?  Not really, because I dont think I am working hard enough and my enegy level is low.  My excuse for being somwhat unhappy is that I am in my fifties.  It's not just me.  I think being in your fifties is quite devastating for a lot of people.  I have also heard a lot of people that have a hard time in their fifties snap out of it in their sixties and have a whole new energy then.  That is what I am hoping for.. at least I'm still looking forward to something
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« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2011, 10:43:26 am »
All through my life up to my 50's, I loved work. Then my metabolism changed and I have to push my butt. Oh well. Now I have more time for this forum.

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« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2011, 11:16:51 am »
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Today I had an epiphany. In the last month I've lost two good friends. Friends that now that they are gone, I regret not having spent more time communicating with them. I let other things get in the way of that. Tuesday I am going with Steve. the stuff I need to do will be here when I get back. If it isn't, I'm not going to fret about it.  


I lost one of my childhood and on best friends last month to a terrible disease.  We lived about 5 hours apart and the visits became very few and far between over the last 10 years. Upon hearing of his passing my first thoughts was i wished I had gotten up to visit more often.  At this point this scenario is becoming more frequent.   Last year the wife and I decided that 1 weekend a month we were going to do something with family and friends instead of the things that needed being done.   It's been a difficult thing to accomplish but we're still trying to make it happen.   The good news is that all of the things needing being done are always there when we get back to them.
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2011, 11:28:35 am »
I'm probly the youngest one to reply to this. my wife gets on me all the time about not spending enough time with her and our almost 2yr old daughter and I always have an excuse for going off and doing something .I guess it was the experiance I had as a boy, my dad worked from early morning to Late nights hauling asphat with his own truck and you know how boys want to be like there dad. Well after diesel school I've worked from before sun up to midnight for 4yrs I've tried to change but there is always something to be done. last night my wife invited her parents and mine for supper and me and dad went outside and changed the water pump on our skidder, took longer than we thaught so my wife went to bed mad at me agian.i keep telling her one day I'll everything will be done but she don't bileave me.  

Jeff I haven't been on FF longer but I think your a great guy. james H

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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2011, 12:20:10 pm »
I have been very blessed over my lifetime to have widely varied work experiences and to have worked with many very talented people.  My wife has continually been on me to pass some of it to our sons and grandsons.  Health restrictions have forced me to do so lately and guess what, it isn't that difficult to quietly guide them through a project.  Probably a man's greatest achievement is a respected family he leaves behind.  I can't make up for all the time I missed when they were growing up, but I can be there with a helping hand.  I need to see and contact some old friends before time takes away that option.   ;)
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« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2011, 09:10:05 pm »
That little girl of yours will be out of high school and you will still be working from sun up to sun down. Money is nice,but memories are better. That is one quick way for a child to go bad. You HAVE to be there for her NOW. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Don't want to be hard on you,but someone besides your wife has to do it.   ;D
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« Reply #39 on: November 07, 2011, 06:08:39 am »
I agree with thecfarm.

Take it from a guy that worked on the road for most of my son's growing up years. They are only young once.  :)
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