What I’ve Learned From My Hobbies


If you’re not learning from your hobbies, you’re doing it wrong!

I’m plagued with the kind of addictive/perfectionist personality that I latch onto hobbies seemingly sporadically but with a fierce ambition. “Jack of all Trades” has been used to describe me – but I’d prefer to leave the “master of none” part out.

The good news is that a variety of interests leads to a variety of perspective. The more camera angles you have, the better idea you can have of the subject.

So I present to you my top 10 Lessons learned from my favorite hobbies.

  1. Chess. You act as a free agent. No one can tell you the right move when you’re in the game. To master chess (and life) you must learn to develop and trust your own instincts. In a word, self-reliance.
  2. Painting. Amateurs often are frustrated because of a mistake. The truth is, “mistakes” can be made into unforeseen and beautiful vistas.
  3. Running. You see those 13.1 and 26.2 stickers and think “that’s just not for me.” The truth is you can achieve unfathomable feats (pun intended) with small intervals over time. All it takes is determination.
    running mtg
  4. Magic the Gathering. Sometimes you lose when you do everything “right.” Luck (both good and bad) is a part of the game (and life), but proper tactics can lead to the “creation” of good luck over time. By mastering what is controllable, you can place yourself in positions where good luck is most likely to find you.
  5. Writing. Writing isn’t just about telling neat stories. Creation is a endeavor proper to God. To create is to be in communion with God the creator of all things. The desire to create is a bubbling forth of love, excitement, and faith. It is the reason God creates at all – to share.
  6. Music. The only thing music does not enhance is silence. Creating music is an entrance into beauty and a window the soul often discovers its own infinite longing.
  7. Videogame Creation. Few things expressed to me the absolute necessity of a perfectly tuned program than creating a videogame. How bugs plagued me to frustration! Give those headaches in the fine-tuning of a mere program, how marvelous the universe is and how brilliant its designer must be.
  8. Teaching. Knowledge is shallow until you teach it. Everyone knows that you don’t realize how much you don’t know until you must teach. Now think, what have you taught lately?
  9. Reading. The mind is unbelievably powerful. Reading is so much more deeply satisfying than watching a movie or TV, despite using the absolute minimal form of communication available. Mind transcends the senses.
    reading-painting praying
  10. Praying. Odd choice for a hobby you might think, but it is a repetitive action designed to bring joy. We are little. We are limited. We need to be loved. We need to be meant. In a word, the most important lesson of all is humility.

What did you think of my list? Who cares, right? We all know the fun part is telling me about yours! So what awesome lessons have you learned from your favorite hobbies?


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