One of my rituals for this new year is to choose a word for the coming year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. You can read more about that here. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year. I’ll warn you in advance, the movie rights for these Experimental Year post haven’t been sold. Some of these experiments will seem larger than others. Some will seem inconsequential – to you. They won’t be to me though. What they all represent to me is a willingness to learn, stretch and discover. As always, I welcome your comments, reactions and observations.
This second experiment was a bit of an adventure, too.
I love this desk. My friend Roy made it and gave it to me several years ago. It’s served me well. I was bummed.
And then I was encouraged.
I decided to fix it.
Now, I’m not a carpenter. I don’t even play one on TV. I KNOW carpenters – gifted carpenters. I just had to try fixing this myself though.
It wasn’t about being stubborn. It was about honoring this object that had served me so well.
Fixing my desk became about so much more than a carpentry experiment. The process turned into an experiment in how I REALLY want my workspace to BE. I want it to be basic. I want what’s most important to be what’s in front of me. I want what’s not important to me to weigh me (or my desk) down.
So I created what I wanted.
I’m even happier with my desk than I was before. And I think my desk is happier, too.
It’s cool how brokenness teaches us about what’s really important.
What has brokenness taught you lately?