I work hard in my garden. I research possible additions, weed, feed, and worry. If I am to believe visitors and neighbors, it is magazine-worthy. Do I enjoy it? Well, yes and no.
Sometimes when I walk around a corner and a view will be perfectly framed, my breath will catch, I find it so beautiful. There are times when I’ll sit on the deck with Fred as we have our evening drink and sigh with pleasure. But built as I am, most often I will not see what I’ve accomplished, but will see only the things I’ve yet to do: the loose flagstone, the honeysuckle vine that’s yet to be weaved into the trellis, the ground-covering Chameleon (Don’t plant it! It’s pretty in a 4” pot, but don’t go there!) that’s taking over the side yard.
I’ve said many times that it’s great to be a gardener because there’s always something that needs doing. It’s also awful to be a gardener because there’s always something that needs doing. If you’re a Type A fixer like me, it is both a source of pleasure and pain. I want it all done, ASAP.
It’s the same with a business. If you’re doing it right by working hard, thinking ahead, measuring, and reassessing, your work is never done. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed! Pat yourself on the back one in a while. Take a moment to look at what you’ve created and enjoy it.
One of these days, I hope to take my own advice!