Master the art

“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 love 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.”

– Lawrence Pearsall Jacks


We all have an innate desire to be good at…something… Whether it be gardening, teaching, housekeeping, or even learning, we crave proficiency – even mastery. What if we were masters in the art of living happy and fulfilled lives?

IMG_3893In the quote above, Jacks shares the secret to being a master of living. This quote struck me from the first time I read it, and made me really think! It reminds me of a simple suggestion I once heard: “do what you love and love what you do.”

I believe that God has called each of us to a particular task, or way of life. My calling is farming – sustainably producing food while nurturing the earth with which I have been blessed, and creating a brighter future for the following generations.

My wish for all of us that what we love to do is what we each have been called to do. I pray that we do what we do with love, laughter, and a passion for our calling!


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About Hannah Hale

Hannah hails from McComb, Mississippi, where she farmed with her parents and three sisters. Home-schooled all her life, she grew up helping her grandfather on his Black Angus farm and working with her family to raise dairy goats, laying hens, and bees. Her love for animals blossomed through her involvement in 4-H and cattle showing. Hannah discovered Polyface through a lecture by Joel, and while reading his book You Can Farm, she realized that her life-long dream of farming could become a reality. The summer of 2013 saw Hannah a Polyface intern, and she was subsequently chosen to become an apprentice. Now married, Hannah helps her husband as they work as Polyface rental-farm managers. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Polyface team and learn from the best. In the future, Hannah wants to farm full-time and keep Jesus central in her life.

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