The Lesson I Have Not Yet Learned
It's difficult for me to leave a task or a project half done.
When I start working on something, my mind won't move away from it until it's finished. Most of the time this is not a problem. In one day, a buddy and I installed 15 windows. It was great. Washing, waxing, and cleaning out a car takes a little under two hours. The problem comes in when things take multiple days to finish or dare I say it, weeks. I begin to lose my patience.
The one project that always tests my patience, and I fail miserably pretty much every time, is painting. That's right, painting.
Painting is a tricky thing. You have to prep the material you are going to paint. You must then let the paint dry for AT LEAST 24 hours. That proves too difficult for me. If it is dry to the touch, it is dry enough. Unfortunately, that's not true most of the time.
For example, I am restoring an old piano light that I picked up from the auction a few weeks ago. This light is old, rusty, and the paint is cracking and fading. It needed a restoration. I could restore this old lamp and if I broke it or messed it up in the process that would be fine too. It only cost one dollar.
The other night I decided to take the lamp apart. It took 15 minutes. Then it was time to get the sandpaper and start prepping the lamp. Once the parts were sanded, it was time to paint! Painting is the fun part because you get to see something old look new again!
The problem with painting is that you have to leave the freshly painted part alone for at least a day! Now you would think that life would go on and I would forget about those painted pieces. Yeah right. Let me quote my opening line in today's post, "It's difficult for me to leave a task or a project half done."
I know that it would be in my best interest to leave the painted pieces alone, but my desire to finish the project takes hold of me. Instead of waiting for the paint to cure, I make sure everything is looking good by holding the pieces and inspecting them. Of course, a fingerprint or two appear, and now it has to dry and be sanded and painted again. This impatience makes the project take longer.
You would think that my lesson would be learned, but this happens almost every time I paint something. It's ridiculous. I told my wife this story and she said, "You still haven't learned to just leave it alone?" No. No, I have not.
Why am I sharing this story with you? I'm hoping that if this confession is written down, my chances of actually learning a lesson and having patience will increase. That's my hope anyway.
How about you? Have you had to "learn" a lesson multiple times before it stuck?
Until Monday, Josh