What Renovations On My House Taught Me About Changing

I’m having work done in my house. Workmen everywhere. My beautiful, peaceful home has become a series of discontinuous and disharmonious hammering sprinkled generously with dust. It coats everything: the walls, the paintings, our mouths, nose and ears. We cannot get away.

But as I’m thinking about the discomfort and annoyance, I am also excited about my new bathrooms and my new balconies. I can imagine peaceful oases of candle light, calm and positive vibes. 

Isn’t most change like this?

  • The confusion, misplacement of normality and normal things, your space.
  • The clogging up and difficulty of even basic functions – breathing, moving.  Everything is touched, despite all best efforts to contain the dust and damage.
  • The instability of living in a space that, though is yours, is so upended.  You’re not in control.  You have to rely on others, the system.

BUT. What makes this worthwhile?

  • The vision: I know what things will look like, what I’m going for. I have a clear picture in my head. Even as the little glitches, delays, re-routing comes up. I know how to make my decisions, because I know where I’m trying to get to.
  • Being surrounded by the right people – both to get the job done as well as to help you through it.
Fabio and Elio, a fantastic duo!

Change is uncomfortable. It is often messy and can clog up every aspect of your life. But people really only change for two reasons:

  1. They hate where they are so much that want to get out.
  2. They have a clear vision of where they want to be – one that excites and propels them; one that allows them to overcome even the worst obstacles. One that allows them to put into perspective the pain they feel today.

What makes you change?

One thought on “What Renovations On My House Taught Me About Changing

  1. Really nice and true metaphor !!!!! btw, i wish the end result is like you are envisioning and you can enjoy that peaceful moments. Marc

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