I’m a crafty sort of girl. I love to create.
I love to design new websites, put together quilts, knit, crochet, make clothes for my daughter. Create new recipes and put new twists on old ones. Create new ways to help customers get better in touch with local, clean food. Anything that has to do with something new and inventive, I’m in. I love to learn new things.
It’s rare that I don’t have some new project cooking up in my head. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off and I lose sleep at night. It’s part of my personality. It’s who I am.
Somehow, someway, I will always find the time to create or learn something new. 🙂 If I don’t I’m not fully happy.
Joel always talks about our animals expressing themselves to their fullest ecological potential. i.e. The Pigness of the Pig. In the same way, my being creative is expressing my Sheri-ness. 🙂
My hubby, on the other hand, finds creativity all the time exhausting. He doesn’t understand how I can wake up first thing in the morning and say, “I have this idea…”
He finds joy and pleasure in routine and keeping things in order and stable. It’s not that he hates new ideas or never has them, it’s just not the normal for him. Daniel expresses his Daniel-ness best by managing a team. He is the most capable person I know. He can manage teams of 20 people without breaking a sweat. Daniel loves to take a list and put things in sequential order. He is able to assign tasks based on each person’s gifts and talents. A true leader.
Time and people management is Daniel’s forte.
Nobody is able to get as much done as quickly as Daniel. Yesterday, the crew and I were processing chickens while Daniel and Ben Ward (Apprentice) were sorting cows. We were moving along great, but it just didn’t feel like we were managing quite as well as we could be. Daniel came in, moved folks around to utilize their fullest potential and suddenly we were flying!
Fortunately, much of his time management skills have rubbed off on me in the last ten years that we have been married. It’s been good. I’ve learned to put my daily tasks in order, doing them in such a way as to save the most time. Learning from Daniel, I can now manage teams of people effectively.
I currently manage our church nursery which consists of about 175 volunteers. I find joy in helping each of these folks best express themselves and find joy in their work. In our Awana program, I currently direct our Sparks (kindergarten through 2nd grade) which consists of 60 kids and 21 adults. It’s been a blessing to be part of this program for all of my life (since I was 3 years old). But what I love the most is quietly leading in the background, letting the leaders take charge in what they like the best and stepping in for the “dirty” jobs. Taking the stress off of them and watching them shine.
Now, I’m going to share a scripture verse here – “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Do you know what this actually means?
It’s means to raise your child “according to their bent”. According to their fullest potential. They won’t depart from expressing their uniqueness. As a parent, it’s my job to help them realize their greatest gifts and talents and gently guide them toward those things that give them the most joy. At the same, this is building confidence and responsibility, a sense of ownership over self. My child will not be happy if I raise them according to my desire for them. My desires may not be the same as their desire, even deeper, the same as God’s desire for their life. This means, that if they don’t want to farm, they don’t have to. We use the farm to teach responsibility and ownership. Business sense and community. But as they grow older and develop interests, where will their fullest potential be?
That is what I’m supposed to be helping them figure out. I didn’t say it was easy, and I certainly didn’t say and don’t have all the answers. But it is the goal Daniel and I purposely strive toward with our kids.
I’m curious. Where do you fall?
What makes you, YOU?
Are you hyper-creative? Or super-dependable? Or perfect in details?
What things do you love to do? Without them, you wouldn’t be happy.
Now, I’m talking broader terms here. I know that many of you will say, “I’m happiest when I’m outside.” That’s a great thing, me too, but it’s not what I’m asking here. Think deeper than that. What is at the core of your “you-ness”?
Let’s talk and dig deep today. Remember there are no wrong answers. You are YOU and I am ME.
Wendy always says, “If I’m not me, who else is going to do it?”