Why building blocks are the best birthday gifts
Honestly I must say that first this particular post is inspired by a particular drum playing tutorial I was watching way back. The title was 'Building blocks to Gospel Chops’. If you are familiar with playing the drumset you will basically understand that the tutorial was all about the basics for great Gospel music oriented drum fills and grooves. I hope I didn’t lose you there. You see when learning musical instruments it’s important to start with the basics. For example the piano you will have to start by understanding the keys then progress to scales. These are the building blocks. I am no expert in that so let’s move on.
The second reason for this post is today is my 25th birthday! I don’t know what the number 25 means to you or most importantly what a birthday is to you. It’s a birthday, it’s the day you started life. It’s the beginning. Every year we all get a starting day in the name of a birthday. It’s incredible! You actually get a clean start every year. It’s like playing your favorite game on phone, you have several lives and everytime you fail you have an opportunity to START again, unless you use up all your lives.
In school we start with the A B C's, in college we start most units with the definitions. In the business world we start with the business plans, the engineers do have a blueprint before construction. The foundation is the most important thing for any kind of building. For any publication there is the draft copy.
So in real sense the end is always determined from the beginning.
How you start a thing determines the end of it.
Probably we can agree the possible way to determine the future is what is on going in the present. Yes uncertainty exists, changes do happen. It's a fact that whatever that ends started. If a beginning is well examined closely there exists a link to how that end will be.
Now that doesn't mean the process afterwards is not important also. It is also very crucial how you finish and how you build up along the way. Yes, okay it doesn't matter how you start as they say...It's how you finish! Very encouraging words but what they don't say is, what you finish depends on what you started.
So the finish is dependant on what started.
If you start again strong you will finish strong.
When we start life no one really gave us the fundamentals, the building blocks or the scales of life. You see, when life STARTs , the people around you nature you and kind of show you the way of how life is lived. Unfortunately there is no class you attend that is Life 101. You start and learn on the way. Basically you decide the A B Cs of life as you continue. We never get the opportunity to ask, "How is it going to be? What am I going to be and do? What do I really really need?"
A rabbi once shared a thought to his audience:
"For which of you, wishing to build a farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete [the building], all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him,
Saying, This man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish.
Or what king, going out to engage in conflict with another king, will not first sit down and consider and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand [men] to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
And if he cannot [do so], when the other king is still a great way off, he sends an envoy and asks the terms of peace."
I read this and realized, we all need the building blocks. Birthday's are like the contract deal day. It's that big day which the project starts. We are building up something here so what do you do?
1. You will need a blueprint
This is the picture of how your end will be. Without it there is no telling of what you building. A blueprint is the idea and the plan why you exist. Architectures do that kind of work. Find Your architect.
2. You will have to dig in deep.
This is to lay a foundation. You need a base. To go up start going down first. The deeper you are the better. However it gets dirty, dark and lonely down there. Dig in anyway.
3. Set up the structures
Work starts by setting up your structures. You ll have some support from the scaffolding. You get your roof done, your walls and your shape of the house. Decide what kind of building you ll be.
4. Realize the importance of inlets and outlets
These are the windows and doors into the house. Gates matter too, they guard as well as allow entry or exit. It’s really important what gets in and out of that house . Be careful
5. It’s going to take some time, but make sure it’s done.
It’s a process.
In addition to the top five, there is the additional information that, this project is under your control. However the engineer will require some results at the end of the day. It's a contract. Work on it
If it's a serious matter like this for a building, trust me it's very important to have the building blocks of life. The ABCs need to be gotten well before you finish up your life sentence.
I once heard, as children we are like arrows in a warriors hand. Ready to be aimed at a specific target.
Andy Stanley(Author/Pastor) said -"I have concluded that while nobody plans to mess up their lives, the problem is that few of us plan not to."
"Three things to change your life, number one, Find out how things work..."- Jim Rohn
"After sowing there is a period of time when it looks like nothing is happening. All the growth is below the surface." - Nabi Saleh
Author Denis Waitley - "A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause you rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make."
"Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain" - King David