With summer here I have been spending some time at my lake house which has been in a state of renovation for five long years.
It never seems to stop.
When something isn’t quite finished you appreciate the details that much more, because it’s the details that transform something from the expected to the magical.
Getting something right or exactly as you want it takes a lot of desire, and patience. Desire to see it through; and the patience to wait for it. Sometimes it feels impossible. I don’t always see the work that has been done, I only see what is left unfinished and I feel like I am always adding items to the list, so sometimes I feel like I am slipping backwards.
One of the most common causes of failure is quitting when you are taken over by temporary defeat. When defeat overtakes you the easiest thing to do is quit. In fact sometimes quitting seems like the most sensible thing to do.
For now, half my kitchen ceiling looks amazing; the other half provides a nice glimpse up into the floor joists of the loft. When I walk around my bedroom, saw dust falls down onto the table.
There is a gorgeous kitchen island, wrapped in barn board that hides a dishwasher. One end of the island is a table supported by an ancient tree trunk, hauled from the Gatineau River. The tree isn’t fastened yet, the floor first needs to be leveled, then the stump can be fit in place and then i can order the bar stools which will have rot-gut seating like a canoe. All very nice if only in my head.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was my kitchen.
Your business is going to be the same. You are going to have days when you are happy with what you have and you have faith in what comes next, and other days where you will wonder how the whole thing has lasted as long as it did.
Keep the vision.
Celebrate your successes.
Put your stumbles in perspective.
Learn from your mistakes, and don’t repeat them.
Get some sleep.