Well, I did something a little crazy a few days ago. My husband has become used to these bursts of enthusiastic creativity that sometimes go nowhere and often cost money. Early in our marriage I believe I caused him some stress at these times. Now he just lovingly rolls his eyes a bit and braces himself for whatever comes along.
Having been born with the genetic disposition to be vigorously self-sufficient (which is a nice way of saying “stubbornly independent”), I am drawn to that which keeps me on the side of self-reliance rather than dependence. Not intending to live off the land, yet not wanting to pay increasing prices for food. Thus, I entered a contest to win a chicken coop, complete with housing for 10 chicks and a 1-year supply of feed. I would only need to buy the chicks. “City chicks”, as they are affectionately called, are becoming quite popular in both urban and suburban America. Imagine gathering fresh eggs for your family, later in the year making chicken soup, and then fertilizing the garden with another product of the endeavor!
This brings me to the broader element of this story – ideas. How do we measure the value of an idea? When do we know which idea to pursue, which idea to forego? How do we know what ideas will work and what ideas won’t work? We don’t. Thus the real value of an idea may not lie in the idea itself, but in what it does for the person with the idea. The process of learning what to do with an idea – how to critique it, grow it, share it, throw it out – all of these elements are invaluable to the person with the idea. Without ideas, the sameness of life and the sogginess of the mind create stagnant living. Even a bad idea can teach us something if we are willing to learn.
So the value of the chicken coop idea isn’t so much for the joy of the chickens (though that would be amazing), but rather for the thrill of hatching an idea! And who knows, if I actually win the chicken coop, maybe I can write a future blog on “chicken poop for the soil”! (groan….)
So here’s to ideas – pick one and go for it! Even if your idea does not work out exactly as planned, the process will be good for your soul.