I love Pizza! And I especially love that “taste of Italy” that you can only achieve with a brick oven! My dream of having my own pizza oven is finally coming to realization…we are building one on our side patio off our kitchen. But, as with a lot of projects I do with my husband, a simple (find it on Youtube) “do it yourself” project has turned into a debacle. Why? Because he thinks bigger is better.
We are 75% through our project and although it started off as a modest patio configuration, it is currently a beast of a structure including a colossal roof. A critical detail that wasn’t considered is in regard to the one window in our kitchen…the pizza oven “structure” blocks one-half (yes, 50%) of our view…trees, grass, flowers, bushes, kids, and the ability to easily see who is pulling in our driveway. I’m a view person….and there is no one window in our home that I look through more than this significant frame of my yard. I’m sick and I’m sad to report that it has been the center of a lot of disturbance in our home. In my husband’s defense, he did show my drawings of his ideas…but I’m a visual person, 3-D and color is critical. It didn’t really sink in until the full size was erected this past week.
Today, I am committed to focusing on what is wonderful about our project and I have to quit focusing on what I don’t like. Isn’t this true on every aspect of work and life? It’s a momentous yet timeless lesson that will separate those that thrive and achieve (and have the best “view”) and those that fail and lose. Check out some of these familiar quotes and sayings to help keep your perspective:
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. –unknown
Is the glass half empty or half full? –unknown
Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones. –unknown
Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. –Roger Crawford.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. –Helen Keller
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. –Chinese proverb
It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. –Henry Ward Beecher
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