I’m sharing photos and thoughts about a word each day during Lent. Today’s word is “vision”. Maybe it is appropriate for the word vision that all my photos are upside down. A problem with the iPad I guess..
Usually when we start a project we have a vision of what we want to accomplish. As I think of this word I’m reminded of a time when I had an idea of what I wanted to do but in reality I had no idea what is was getting myself into.
This all started about three years ago with the purchase of our 1915 Craftsman Bungalow. The first photo is what it looked liked when we moved in. The woodwork was pretty, the wallpaper was ugly and the carpet was horrid, but I loved the house. After living there a few months I had the idea that the wood needed to be refinished. At this point I had an incomplete vision of the task at hand. In fact if I had really known what I was getting myself into I’m not sure if I would have actually started.
In all the project took 21 months…it was a true exercise in endurance. Some days the work was easy and others it was frustratingly hard. This coaster reminds me of this project.
The truly good news is that the finished project was nicer than what I could have envisioned. Maybe that’s another lesson of life…to start something big we don’t need to have a complete vision of the final…if we had a vision of the obstacles we’d encounter we might not start…and it is so fun to celebrate the results.