Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
The small house in the background is a one-bedroom, one-bath home Buck and I call The Lodge. The existing screened porch will be turned into a dining room, and a bedroom, study, living room and other spaces will be joined to the existing house. Can you see the line made with builder’s sand inside the “corral?”
This morning a man and his young son arrived with an impressive digging machine. The father followed that sand line and dug a big trench where the footings will be poured. The little boy jumped in and out of the trenches and ran in circles around the growing piles of dirt.
We are into a period of great weather for building: sunny and cool.
Building something, digging in the dirt, or even moving rocks from one place to another are all great antidotes to overthinking and the anxiety it often produces. We all have a lot to be anxious and fearful about, whether on a conscious level or lurking below the surface. Sometimes it’s the fear of failure, but more often our nemesis may be fear of change or even of success. Buck has a great saying about fear — that it is “paralysis at the brainstem level.” Physical labor, hard play, even doing an unexpected — perhaps even uncharacteristic — kindness for someone, are ways to break up the bubbles we construct around ourselves, and help us free ourselves from ourselves so we can go do that great thing that’s in our destinies.