Sometimes the biggest problem with a new goal is our own fear of it being messy. We are inspired, come up with a goal, and look forward to that final image; one that is Pinterest perfect in its execution.
But that’s not how life works. (At least not how my life works.) At least, not on the first attempt.
Case in point: I’ve refrained from teaching new knitters how to knit. Many times, people will see me knitting and will lament that they’ve always wanted to learn to knit. Some, even take it a step further and ask if I’ll teach them. Mostly, I suggest that they check out a beginner’s class. On rare occasions, I’ve said yes. The difference in my response is dependent on my instinct as to their willingness to live through the messy period.
This is what they see and wish to do:
This is the reality of what their first attempt may look like, if they are really persistent and show determination (like this awesome beginner!):
I am acutely aware of the messy. 18 months ago, I thought I’d try running. The first day I tried but couldn’t run a city block without stopping to catch my breath….and that was while “running” at a slow jog! Then I heard about Couch to 5k…and the training program worked. 2 months later I ran my first 2 mile race. Since then, I’ve practiced running….three times a week I practice running.
Will I win any speed contests? No.
Do I have trouble getting my butt out of bed occasionally to get my run in? Yes. (Especially this winter!)
Have I discovered that when I don’t run, I miss it? Yes.
Do I find, though it’s occasionally hard, that I WANT to push myself? Yes.
Whether it’s knitting or running or even just getting through the day, we are creatures of habit who want change to be easy (especially changes we don’t want to deal with). BUT whether it’s knitting, running or even just getting through he day, all that we are called to do is to show up and live through the messy parts.
I can’t guarantee that even after living through the messy parts that it’ll get easy. I can, however, guarantee that we each can choose to be proud of living through the messy and showing up to see what the process reveals to us.