I was very lucky this year that it was almost 50°F when I took the Christmas lights down after the holiday season. Shout out to the Lakeview Honkers as I was wearing their sweatshirt.
As I pulled the lights from the house, the tree, and the various items around the house, I remarked to myself how easy it was. The lights were just peeling off, and I placed them all in a pile. The whole thing might’ve taken 15 minutes, including putting the bins with the lights away. What took me a few hours to put up, to put together, took just minutes to take down.
There was no freezing rain, no snow, and no issues with the ladder. Boom, it was just completed.
I reflected upon the poem, called The Builder:
There was no building, no creating, no designing, or making sure it all fit/worked. It was just taking down. It’s so easy to think about how hard it is when you’re trying to create something. Trying to build something or put something together. Both can be challenging, yet, it is in the journey of putting items together that there is joy. The enjoyment of others about the thing that you created. Whether it is an excellent program at school, a new book, a beautiful painting, or wherever your leadership journey is taking you just remember building and creating is a lot more difficult than taking things down. Be a builder in life and create great things while helping build up others.
If I can help you in anyway, don’t hesitate to reach out at @andrewmarotta21 (https://twitter.com/andrewmarotta21) on Twitter. Shout out to the Lakeview Honkers in Lakeview, OR. Thanks for the swag Jenn Schultz!