. . . among other things.
He was also a land owner, had an interest in a theater company, and was an actor. His funeral monument portrayed him holding a sack of grain . . . not a writing implement and scroll as might be expected . . . for this was likely his most prominent role in the community of Stratford-upon-Avon, as a merchanteer.
What does this mean to us?
Not to be so precious about out lives that we don’t engage in work and commerce. Art and creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit all thrive by carving a way amid the constraints.
I can verify this with my own life. I’ve created more, far more, in the pockets of a busy and engaged life than during the periodic breaks I’ve taken (sometimes for months or even a year at a time).
A full contact life throws off sparks and energy. It’s up to you to figure out how to channel it.