Sawdust

It has been a long time since I have written. I think my last post happened to be in the Spring of last year. I am not sure why that is really. I think it boiled down to me not really feeling like I had anything to write about. I could not find anything that motivated me to want to share my ideas or to put them down in print.

Guess what motivated me…sawdust. It seems odd, I know, but allow me to explain. I started reading the book, “Pure Genius” by Don Wettrick some time this summer and, while I was enjoying it, I got busy with being back at school, put it down and didn’t come back to it. Until today. The section I was reading today was talking about a young man who made the analogy of finding inspiration in sawdust. As he told it, for years and years, sawdust was something that nobody wanted. It was something that you had to pay someone to take away. Until, of course, someone looked at it in a way that would create something of value out of something that no one else saw value in. Things like pressboard, mulch and charcoal briquettes.

Reading this caused me to think about the things in my life that I could create value from. When I say value, I am not talking about money. I am still waiting for someone to offer to fund my human hamster wheel project that will make me my first million. I mean that I need to do a better job of looking at the things around me and putting those things to work for me and for others.

What will this look like? I am not sure. I am still thinking about it. Maybe it just means me sharing my ideas here more often and hoping that something I say can help or amuse someone. Maybe it is in better using my time so that I am a more effective father, husband, teacher, and administrator.

Time will tell. All I know is that it was sawdust that got me thinking about it.

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