The temperature is in the upper 30’s this morning, which brings me to my problem: “Do I start a fire in the fireplace?”
This is not an exercise in aesthetics. It is a practical question. The front part of our house is heated by a wood burning fireplace. My office is in the front of the house. The temperature in this part of the house is cool but not unpleasant right now.
But the temperature is expected to drop. Will I be chilly? Will it really get colder?
So I have to make a decision about starting a fire.
A wood burning fire is a commitment.
- It consumes fuel I prepared thru hard work and sweat. Do I really need to use up my resources now?
- No instant on or instant off switch. I have to plan my time for the end of the fire as well as the beginning.
- If I light it, it requires some attention and care throughout the day. It cannot be neglected. Feed it. Stir it. Watch the bed of red embers grow and glow. It takes time, some skill, and some luck.
Do I treat my daily projects the same way?
- Have I counted out my resources to see if I have enough for what I will undertake?
- Do I see how I am going to have to be involved from the beginning to the end?
- Am I willing to give the project the attention it has to have?
So I ask myself the question, “Do I really need to start a fire?”
Yes, I do. Think carefully, and you may see that you do, too.