Take those talents off the shelf

My father was quite versatile around the house and rarely called for help from professional tradesmen. As a child, I was fascinated by his ability to use tools so easily. It seemed like magic that he could hit the same place twice with a hammer. It came as a surprise to him, though, when I chose carpentry as my vocation after finishing school. He was pleased, and showed his support by giving me the very hammer I had seen him use so often.

Now, this old hammer had a lot of sentimental value. Yet I didn't put it away for safekeeping. I chose to use it for what it was intended, to hammer. For many years, I used it in all the houses I helped build. This tool would have been of no practical value had I simply put it away.

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