Can we forge a stronger future by using our own hands more often? An amazing master of penmanship sure thinks so.

Artist Jake Weidmann has an insight that may surprise us. After seeing his story, I will never write another thank you note or leave a message on the kitchen counter without giving his insights some thought.

Jake is showing us why technology and Image: drawing of a sailing ship in a sea of script (words)things made by hand should never be allowed to stand in opposing corners.

Jake is a master of penmanship: a subject area I thought was a dying art. But no! He gives us the most fascinating reasons to care about our own strokes. Even if you have the sloppiest handwriting in the world, this is really amazing. Stay with it!

Jake’s college professors knew him as the kid who wrote essay tests that looked like The Declaration of Independence.

He has been refining those instincts ever since. Take a look!

Via: TEDx Talks  1

Fabulous insight, huh?

If you’d like to read a great blog about his thoughts on 5 Ways to Cultivate Creativity, click here. It’s a great piece that looks like it’s written by he and his creative wife. The website itself is interesting, so take a look around there.

In any case, Jake’s passions can teach us a lot about how our own hands can give meaning to our own lives. Penmanship may not be our forte, but what can we do with our hands?

What would our lives look like if we switched off our screens and TV’s for 1 hour a day and dove deep into something that allowed us to reconnect with our hands?Image: Handmade bowl where you put the items into a hand-shaped carving in cork

What if we took an hour a day to sit with our kids doing, making, creating something with our hands?

Stay open, curious and hopeful, and something like that might come your way soon.

~ Dr. Lynda

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  1. Weidmann, Jake. “Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century.”YouTube. TEDx Talks, 14 July 2014. Web. 20 Aug. 2015. <>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.