STOKED UP

STOKED UP

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

All stoked up and somewhere to go.
The word "stoke" means to stir and enflame, to intensify and aggravate a flame as it relates to fire, in order to inspire more warmth and light.
-Darrelyn's definition.
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We're all driven by passions and desires that stoke us.
Our attention to, and assessment of these "stokers" is invaluable in intersecting us with opportunity, change, and challenge.
An inspiring stoking story:
From childhood Kevin loved the scent of wood shavings and his Grandfather's woodworking shop. Kevin's first project with his Grandfather was a "stump turned stepping stool" by which Kevin carved and etched little simple cuttings into it while his Grandfather's fingers and tools worked around him.
The project between Grandson and Grandfather was a remarkable success and the memory still remains one of Kevin's fondest.
Kevin either stood or sat on that stool for the rest of his life while he whittled and worked side by side with his Grandfather on countless woodworking projects.
 A passion for woodworking was stoked early and wonderfully in him by his Grandfather.
Not surprisingly, by the age of fifteen, Kevin felt himself capable of building a home. This isn't to say that he actually could, it simply implies and suggests that his Grandfather had stoked a remarkable confidence in him at an early age that translated into a very successful career of cabinetry later in life.
Kevin took on apprenticeship roles throughout his 20's from leading cabinetry makers around the country and continued to broaden his education, wisdom, and understanding in woodworking and custom cabinetry. For this reason and in this way, Kevin became well known, well-liked, and almost revered in the end for his incredible woodworking gift.
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Kevin effectively stoked his gift of woodworking through a continual investment in it throughout his life:
Physically. Mentally. Vocationally. Educationally. Financially.
Kevin allowed resources around him to prod, poke, and enflame the embers already heated up inside of him for woodworking and always identified himself a "student" of woodworking.
The rest is history.
Mmmm ...
Being "stoked" requires wisdom, humility, discretion, and the ability to learn.
Being stoked is becoming a student of that thing which you love and bettering yourself throughout the rest of your life in it. It's recognizing that you never fully "arrive," you only actualize and enable yourself to dream and create more.
This is what keeps passion moving to the fore ... and keeps a man stoked.
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How about you ...
Are you invested in stoking your dreams, gifts, and desires?
+Take an adventure to a place that stokes you.
+Read a book and get educationally and mentally stoked.
+Take on a project and fire-up the stoking process.
+Intersect an individual who pokes and stokes you.
But be in earnest about it, my friend.
Stroke for stroke ... stoke for stoke.
Get stoked!
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"I think you should just go for it."