Did you ever do one of those things that you knew you shouldn’t, but you did it anyway because you didn’t have the patience to wait?
Well, I made a huge mistake today when I decided I was going to add some wood to the top of our fireplace all by myself. This would take a load off of my hubby by me running the show. (All I had to do was wait, and he would have guided me along the way. When we don’t know how to do something it’s best to consult someone who does.)
Mastery of anything takes time, patience, practice and consistency.
So when you’ve determined that you aren’t masterful what do you do?
Consult the master in the field. (Some times that sour pickle is hard to bite…but you have it bite it anyway.)
I knew that I could do my project without assistance, though I did not have mastery. (Yes, they left me in the house with tools and electricity).
While I was sawing wood, my son appears to ask me…
“What are you doing?”
“Sawing wood.” (can’t you see?)
“That’s not how you do it. You have to have a bigger saw, and you have to support the wood underneath.”
“I can do this. I’ve done it before (not well…but I have).”
With a shake of his head he goes back into the house, and moments later I presented him with my masterpiece (Oops!), a very nicked and splintered piece of wood. I thought I could be the master without the skill because I had seen it done before, even though I had not practiced it as many times as others. If my son had come out a bit sooner, and I had the right saw along with know how, I may have done a better job. (I decree, it’s his fault.)
I may be able to cover it with wood putty. Do I like my gouged, nicked, splintered piece of wood? No, but I don’t like wrinkles either and I still have them… (just like make up, wood putty is for… coverup.)
Before you begin a project, plan well (advice to me). Make sure that when someone knows a little more than you do, to take his or her advice (again, note to me).
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
-2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Can I live with this mistake? I’ll have to unless I go buy another board. I sure don’t want to do that! So now the issue becomes do I want to spend more money to do the job right, or live with that thing that gives it character? Hmmm…. I’ll have to think on that one. Do I choose money over quality? Or do I choose to let this one be a lesson to me?
So, if you have an oops in your project, how do you go from master-less to masterful? If it’s in carpentry, ask someone who knows… I’ll be searching for that answer myself.
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