We drove past a lumber yard this morning, and stopped to check out the treasure trove of wood piles. Most people see piles and pallets and mounds of wood…we see possibilities. Most of this has been organzied by wood type or segmented into wood taken from a particular location or torn down barn. In the back you can see piles that have been picked through and left to look like a mess of toothpicks…and yet we see possibilities.
We frequent lumber yards, junk yards, dirty barns and other places where ‘junk’ might hide…and yet we see possibilities. It takes time and effort and a willingness to get dirty and dust covered, and endure the inevitable scratch or splinter…and yet after all that we still see possibilities. This is fun to us. Uncovering waht other people don’t want and finding treasure, to us this is exciting. You have to be willing to dig and lift and endure disgusting, dirty and often smelly places…and yet the possibilities are endless.
Possibilities also mean there will be hard work in your future. Taking something from it’s rough form to a final product takes lots and lots of time. There will be elbow grease and cleaning products, sand paper and many hours of time. You may do all this alone or in the company of people who are also willing to work hard on possibilities. However you choose to get the job, be willing to get the job done.
Life is full of possibilities. And in almost every case those possibilities lead to lots of hard work. Sometimes I think we don’t see possibilities because we see the large amount of hard work it will create. The work prevents us from being able to imagine other options…work prevents us from wanting try anything new. Work can make us tired before we even get started. Work on weekends creating things after having worked all week at our jobs can seem insane. And yet without the hard work we don’t get the amazing end results, the self satisfaction, the pride in a job well done. Without giving it a shot we never learn anything more than how to handle the day to day boring stuff of life.
Give possibilities you see a chance and don’t be afraid of the hard work. As we were all told as kids, hard work never killed anyone.