A long time ago, when I was much younger, I decided to build a mortise and tenon, 4-poster bed out of Redwood. All the work would be hand-tooled and I envisioned a beautiful masterpiece when done.
Working with the amazing properties of Redwood was a real joy—at least for many months. But then, one day, I sort of ran out of gas, as they say, and the enjoyment dissipated.
Every now and then I would pick up a piece of wood and try to get the motivation back, but there was none to be had. Of course, I felt guilty for having spent so much money on the precious wood and not finishing a project I had so eagerly begun.
“What a waste!” I thought. “How lazy can one person be?” I admonished myself.
Then, one day, I overheard someone say, “Whenever you begin a project, set a date for its completion. If it’s truly important, it will be finished by (or, even before) that date. If it isn’t finished by the date, it’s probably not all that important. Either extend the date or walk away from the project. The main thing is to not beat yourself up for not completing it.”
So, I set a date and, as you might guess, the bed was never completed. When the date arrived, I took all the wood and threw it into the Dempsey Dumpster.
And, I never beat myself up for a project not completed.
Whatever you’re beating yourself up for, give yourself some grace this next season of your life!
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