A Work in Progress


Things have been a little messy around here lately – but all remodel jobs look worse before they get better! The end product will be worth the wait!

I have watched my contractor with awe. He knows exactly what he’s doing. At times I have no idea! I know he sees the end product. I don’t see it yet. The difference – he is looking at the vision and I am caught up in the details. He is scaffolding the project in a systematic manor, knowing the importance and results of each step. I am scattered. Somedays I think about flooring. Somedays I think about decorations. Somedays I just see the mess and wonder when the project will be complete.  I know my contractors methods will pay off in the end. If left to me, and my sporadic thoughts, this project would never see completion. I am thankful my contractor is keeping me grounded. His calm manner to my sometimes crazy questions has certainly helped. He keeps me updated on his plans each step of the way. There have been a few bumps in the road, but nothing phases him. He just adapts and stays the course.

A strong, actionable vision makes all the difference!

In a school

In a classroom

In a business

In life

How do you develop your vision? How do you ensure others are involved in the development and implementation if the vision is a group goal? How do you keep the vision alive when things get messy? How do you adjust yet keep moving forward? How do you focus on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?

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  • Lisa 3 Mar

    I laughed at the back and forth of this piece – you and the contractor. To me it would become overwhelming, but you brought it to questions we can ask ourselves. Great slice – I enjoyed that!

    • Kathy Perret 3 Mar

      Thanks. It has been a process and one that can apply to many other situations. More of the pitfalls have come from my end. Money available for project vs money it would take to do some of then things I envision. (I guess that could be yet another slice!)


  • Raivenne 3 Mar

    Nice post.

    “A strong, actionable vision makes all the difference!”

    That is so very true. Actionable being the key word here. A vision without action is just dream that will never come true. Whether individually or team effort action is what makes it happen.

    • Kathy Perret 3 Mar

      Thanks for your comments. They reminded me of this quote: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” –Joel A. Barker

      It may be something to add to my post! 🙂


  • Glenda Funk 3 Mar

    As I read your post I thought about how closely I monitored the building process when our house was constructed. Then I thought about how important planning is to student writing and that the remodeling metaphor works so well to illustrate this.

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