"You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means."   -Inigo Montoya

Every project requires three things: means, motivation and commitment.  Without the first two I simply discount the notion of beginning the project in the first place.  But, if I decide that means and motivation are in sufficient supply, I consider the level of commitment required to complete the task, usually decide it’s something I can easily handle, and plow full-steam ahead. 

I’m always wrong.

I present my most recent project as evidence. 

I could easily fill five pages lamenting the physical, mental, financial and spiritual strain our kitchen remodel project has placed on us.  I could tell you how a six month project became a four year nightmare.  I could elicit your sympathy by detailing the heartbreaking and terrifying result of enduring a situation that seems utterly untenable.  I could even go so far as to say that year two of kitchen-less-ness brought with it a profound doubt in my ability to complete anything – let alone the expansive home remodel I’d decided to embark upon.    

But I won’t.  I’ll keep this short. 

Just know that, although I was incredibly mistaken in my projection, I did complete the task I’d set out to.  And it only took 800% more commitment than I’d anticipated. 

Now, if only novel completion were that easy!



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