Inspiration 210: Pleasantly Surpised

My step daughter Ashley sent me this photo of the technique she is using to dye sheets. It’s ice mixed with dye, then as the ice melts it mixes with the colors to create totally unique patterns. Very cool and very amazing. 

One thing I find special about this technique, you have to give up control. You have to trust the process. You have to be willing to let the ice do the work, knowing that you may not know exactly how it is going to turn out. It’s a risk and not all of us are willing to risk. We want to control the end result, so we only travel the path we can control. 

What would happen if today you gave up control of something? If you left it up to the elements or other people to determine the outcome. You might have to live with something other than your first choice…or you would have to adjust your master plan to accomodate something with which you had no control. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. I dare you to lose control – like this technique, let someone or something else be in control…you might be pleasantly surprised at the outcome!

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Inspiration 209: You Won’t Know…

We enjoy Food Trucks – the variety, the food, the items we can’t get anywhere else. It’s a great concept. Atlanta has a food truck park, and when we are downtown we try and visit to see who is serving what. Here my husband is being served his pulled pork with grits and corn cakes with chicken. He said it was subblime!

Food trucks are not a new phenomenon, and yet they have become a hip way for chefs and foodies to serve, taste, and enjoy a variety of meals without the hefty overhead of a restaurant. In essence, they have turned the restaurant world upside down by thinking outside of the standard business model. 

Today I challenge you to think outside of the standard model. Just because it has always been done that way, doesn’t mean you can’t think of a new way to do something. And when you see someone else doing it a different way, maybe you need to muster some courage and join them on this new path. When you have the courage to take a chance – you may win, you may lose – and you will not know which it will turn out until you try. Like trying new food, try thinking of a new way to do something. Who knows, you may be inventing the next food truck-like trend that will sweep the world…you won’t know until you try!

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inspiration 208: The Two Buckets Philosophy

I am not a great fan of weeding…ok, let’s be honest, I despise it. I enjoy the planting and growing and watering, I hate the weeding…which is the boring maintenance part of taking care of our property. I see the weeds grow, I watch them take over our flower gardens, and it gets me depressed. When I see them, I know they have to go…and I am the one who will have to do the work to clean it all up. 

As I was weeding this morning, I thought about why I hate it so much. And I realized that it’s maintenance, and maintaining things is boring. Installing, building, refreshing, all those things are fun, new, exciting, exhilarating…maintaining things seems such a drudgery. And that made me think about my life, my work, my areas of service, and my home. By being honest with myself, I realized the day to day maintenance items to me are a bore. It is one of those thing I am not proud of, and yet I must be honest with myself. Maintenance is one of those things I procrastinate all the time. I don’t like it, so I avoid it….then it gets away from me, becomes a larger job, and I am overwhelmed and depressed by the time it takes me to maintain things. 

If we did not maintain our lives, they would fall apart…and yet the maintenance items are not glamorous, they are required. Beauty requires maintenance…and maintenance requires discipline and effort. My encouragement to you today is to figure out a way to stop avoiding the maintenance and embrace the role it plays in your beautilful life. Find a way to get yourself moving on the maintenance items, and just get them done. My weeding trick is two buckets – I weed until I fill two buckets worth of weeds, then I call it done for the day. Two buckets, I can fill two buckets, accomplish some progress, and NOT get overwhelmed or bored. What do you need to maintain in your world where you can embrace the two buckets philosophy?

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