The other day I was talking with a friend about his vision for his farm.
It’s a fantastic plan and I can totally see how truly amazing the fulfillment of that vision will be.
I could also both see the excitement for each individual project and how it can benefit the greater good, and the disappointment that these things are not going to take place all at once in the near future.
A lot of times when we plan something it is a consumptive process.
It takes a lot of money for the supplies needed to even get started. It takes a lot of energy to actually do those million little things needed to accomplish one thing.
It also takes up time.
As much time as it takes to plan, it takes at least that much time to enact for almost any project.
I think that we forget that. I know I do.
I forget in my hustle and bustle day of trying to just get as many things done as I possibly can before I completely crash and can’t accomplish anything, that all those little things take real time.
It’s time I could be spending on something that is a priority instead of the little have-to’s, especially the kind that are just going to have to be done again.
Doing the dishes or the laundry takes time. It still has to be done even though the moment you’re finished there is more that needs to be done.
Sometimes what takes the longest in any process is waiting.
A person can find themselves waiting for a decision from someone else or just a specific date before they can really break ground on their project. Often it is waiting on the money to be able to accomplish the next step.
Usually we are waiting for the end result as each step toward that process is completed.
Sometimes what we’re trying to accomplish is something painful and we want to get it done and over with as quickly as possible. It can be exceptionally difficult at those times to even accomplish the smallest step.
I have some very big projects in the works, some of them will be a joy to work on while others are likely to be among the most difficult things I will ever have to do.
Just like with doing the dishes I can choose how I am going to face these projects. No matter the end result certain steps must be taken and I can choose to look at them as burdens or as opportunities.
When I do the dishes it is an opportunity to think about where that piece came from, who recently used it, and to send good thoughts out into the world for them in the form of prayers and memories.
When I have to move boxes that will likely cause physical exertion beyond good judgment, I will know that that will be a night of excellent sleep.
When I share an unhappy conversation, I can choose to focus on the care that is obvious.
Each step in our process has the potential to make the next step even better. It may be difficult to find those positives, and sometimes we need help doing that, but we are each worth that effort.
Beanie Taylor is a staff reporter for The Tribune. She can be reached at 336-258-4058.