Last week I got to do something really special.
I wouldn’t call myself an artistic person, but something that I have really come to love is crafting. I can’t necessarily make something out of nothing, but if I see something I like I can usually replicate it pretty well. One thing that I have taken to is pallet signs. I love the heavy, rustic look of them, and how they become the center of whatever room they are in. I made one for my husband, the Good Man, for his birthday last year. I painted one of our favorite song lyrics on it and called it a day. When we got married, we chose to put in our room above our bed, and it has become one of my favorite pieces in our home. It makes those white apartment walls not feel so lonely.
I walk by it everyday. It’s one of the last things I see when I close my eyes and one of the first things I see when I open them. Finally one day it hit me and I thought to myself, “That’s nice!” So, I decided to take a little snapshot and post it on Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in buying one. Within about 10 minutes of posting, I had my first customer. Who would have ever known that someone else would like something that I made.
Last week a family friend asked if I could make a pallet sign for them. I was excited, but really more nervous. I was afraid that how it would turn out would not be what they had hoped for or imagined, or even that they were not getting their money’s worth. So boy did I take some time on that sign. After many hours, paint stained legs, cramping wrists, and a few touch ups I was finally finished! After standing over it way too long, I did a few more minor fixes and then had to tell myself to let it be. It would never be perfect.
I met up with the family to give them their sign, and their reaction was better than what I had hoped. They loved it, and I loved being able to bring those smiles to their faces. They didn’t care about the minor imperfections, because that’s what made it theirs. That’s what made it different from every other pallet sign in the world. They then told me that it was going to be going in their dining room, and I immediately felt honored. The dining room is the place where you come together as a family to enjoy one of the most important parts of the day, or where you bring guests to entertain them and make them feel welcomed. In that special room of theirs, they chose my work over anything else. They chose me.
We all have the potential to do something worth choosing. It probably is something that we wouldn’t consider worthy for someone else, but we have to have the confidence to know that it is. What if all we are supposed to do today is make something to make someone smile? We can make something beautiful. We can be chosen, we just have to see the value in ourselves first.