Then it was changing the bathroom light fixtures. Successfully, following on a recent toilet replacement exercise. In between was an absolutely great block party our neighbors organized, with activities for the kids, food and drink for all. Learnings from each exercise!
One of the things I tweaked to was that if we sit down and start using the right tool for the job, have patience and persistence, and be willing to stop and think, we can get more done that we thought, we just have to be brave (he stays, still in anxiety mode over making a deck on the slope in the backyard). Of course, we’re benefited to the extent we see more standards in tools and equipment (I like that they’re standardizing on electrical hardware, which makes it pretty much plug-and-play, even if it took some creativity to end-run two different boxes in two different bathrooms, ahem). Slowly but surely, the house is being transformed.
The second learning is on community. By pulling together all the neighbors on our cul-de-sac, we’re building an awareness of each other, which supports us helping each other. The usual suspects pitched in, and some new folks were invited to join. It was a lovely evening though the breeze picked up to the point where people started heading out for sweaters before coming back. I had to think: why can’t the whole world be getting together in their neighborhood and having a party? Of course, it’s hard when they’re bullets flying by, bombs going off, etc. Sigh. Still, creating the right environment for getting together creates the right environment for sharing, and that’s where learning happens.
So, use the right tools, set the right context, and be willing to work and reflect and improve and continue on. Hope you too had a good weekend!