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I got a call yesterday from a very good friend.  She asked me why I haven’t written any blogs lately.  My answer?  I’m really bad at this stuff!  So, thank you, Jordan, for keeping me accountable.

During my conversation with “very good friend Jordan” we both admitted that we’re bad at follow through.  You see (and I think I have discussed this in my blog before, but it bears repeating if for my sake alone), I am the visionary type…full of ideas…wonderful, alluring, attractive ideas.  The problem is that once it is no longer an idea, but is an actual, practical reality, I’m no longer interested.  Jordan is the same way…maybe that’s why we make such good friends.  However, we don’t exactly motivate each other to follow through on the practical end, do we?

That’s where my husband comes in.  Ed is Mr. Practical.  You need a list?  He’s already made it.  You want a plan?  He’s probably already solicited you to make one.  Thank God for Ed!  Jordan hasn’t found her “practical half” yet, but I’m accepting applications from wonderfully more-than-amazing men.  Relax, Jordan, it’s only a joke! I will keep my little nose where it belongs.  I promise.  Hehe!

Back to Ed.  When I started The Funky Lamp shop, I was sure it was an amazing idea that was going to pad our budget and that I would love for the rest of my life.  Two weeks into it, I was already done.  I had only made one sale (still have, as a matter of fact), and I was discouraged.  My thinking was, “What if I invest months in this and it never works.  I should quit and move on to the next great idea.”  Thankfully, Ed got wind of it and rescued me.  “No, Maranda,” he said, “we have to decide to work on this for a specified period of time before we consider giving up.  Statistics say [see…there he goes with his practical statistics] that it takes an average of 8 years to get a small business off the ground.  How about we give your shop one year before we reconsider?”

I, of course, agreed.  It takes blood, sweat, and tears to be successful.  I could have incredible ideas all day long, but without the work, I’m just full of hot air.

What’s the moral of the story?  Get married so that your “better half” can compensate for your weaknesses?  NO!  Of course not!  The moral of the story is to get to know yourself and then learn from those that God has placed around you in order to be successful.  None of us have the full package.  We’re not supposed to.  We’re supposed to live in community and learn from each other.  Reach out to those around you who can help you.  What are some of your weaknesses?  Who could you learn from or seek encouragement from in those areas?

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