These are some of the notes I wrote down on a piece of plywood with a carpenters pencil as I was putting together a metal shed. I wrote them down because I kept finding similarities between building a shed and my spiritual journey. ha! Who knew that building a shed could be a spiritual practice?
Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed with the number of pieces that must be put together.
It is not always best to fit pieces together “as shown.”
Don’t use ANY energy on lamenting that “they” “should” have written the directions better.
Don’t force it.
Do not use ANY energy on the idea that this “shouldn’t be taking so long.
Always celebrate when things align.
Trust your inner voice.
Ask for help.
If you some pieces together incorrectly and have to take it apart do not beat yourself up.
Use the right tools.
Give yourself permission to take breaks and walk away from the whole freaken mess for as long as it takes to feel like walking back with a deepened commitment to the project.
Don’t use ANY energy on thoughts like, “They NEVER give good directions for putting things together.”
It does not help to whine.
Remember to pay attention to the soft breeze even if it feels like the rush of air from an opened door of heated oven.
Pay attention to happiness of the birds as you work.
Measure twice before committing to a particular action.
Disavow the belief that it has to be hard.
Tap into the unseen forces whose job it is to assist us on this earthly journey. They know things.
Keep the finished project in mind. If you cannot picture it, then feel what it will feel like to have completed the project. Feed that feeling!