I enjoy building things. There is something in the methodical, systematic structure of it all. Watching whatever I am working on go from utter chaos to a beautiful finished product is very rewarding. I have to say that it becomes somewhat philosophical; while I am putting the pieces together, I find myself reflecting on how what I am doing parallels with life. Here are five of my usual reflections:
- Without a solid foundation, the end result will not be pretty. Ever put together a piece of furniture only to find out several steps down that you put a piece in wrong? To undo all of that and start over is very frustrating, but to leave it that way? Equally as frustrating. Same with life. If the internal foundation is not solid, it can lead to making unwise decisions resulting in chaos and despair. The only way to fix some of life’s issues is to dig deep and repair a faulty belief system.
- Hard work is not always fun, but it is rewarding. Building something is like going to the gym. At first thought, no I don’t want to do it. If I can just drag myself to the materials though and get started, I find myself relaxing as I get into the “zone.” There are things that are good for us that we really don’t want to do, but find they can be just what we needed when we chuck the emotion and put our foot down when it comes to our internal child. The benefits outweigh the cost…eventually.
- The journey can be lonely. I had a great helper at the beginning of this most recent project. She was excited and very helpful. By the third day though, her interest began to wane. She watched me from afar rather than being right there with me. Can you relate? You are excited about something in life; you have a few people around you cheering you on, even helping you out and then as the days and weeks pass by you find yourself by yourself…continuing on your journey. Certain seasons in life will require you to keep rowing when everyone else has jumped ship…just keep rowing.
- Life can hurt, even when you think you are finally getting things together. Ever hit your finger with a hammer while trying to nail something? No matter how much you think you have everything lined up just right…there is always that one slip or miscalculation that causes you to wake up and reconfigure a few things.
- The end result is worth the sweat, tears and pain. There is nothing like finishing a project and stepping back to view the beauty of all of your hard work. There is something tangible that can account for all of the hours you put into it. I think when we are in the process sweating, crying and aching we can forget why it is we are even putting ourselves through it! I recently completed a semester of school and a few weeks in I was complaining that I had forgotten my “why” already. It’s easy to do. However, when you see the finished (fill in the blank)…you can step back and know that it was worth it.