The Nature of the Task

| 10/1/2011 2:20:24 PM

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier,  
not that the nature of the task has changed,  
but our ability to do has increased."  
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

It never fails that people often wonder how I know how to do so many different things.  It's not that I was born with the skills to do everything I do – I've spent a lot of time and effort learning.  Just like you, when I started doing many of them, I had no idea what I was doing.  It took much longer and I made mistakes.  Sadly that's where many people stop.  They meet one failure or think that it will always take a lot of time and they abandon their efforts.  The thing is, if you persist, eventually it will become second nature.  It's not that you won't ever make mistakes, but you develop a proficiency for that task and you will be able to complete it with less effort, fewer mistakes and a better final product.  

Whole grain cinnamon raisin bread 

Enriched roll dough 

Garlic sage roasted chicken 

Cooking is a prime example.  I've been cooking for so long that it's second nature to me, I don't have to think about what spices to add to the chicken I'm roasting.  I know that thyme and lemon will be really great, or sage and butter would also work well.  When I make beef, a healthy dose of freshly ground pepper and salt is usually all I add if it's good pastured beef.  When I'm cooking tougher cuts of venison, I usually braise them in wine or bitter beer to enhance the flavor.  When I make bread I know what how the texture of ciabatta dough differs from regular sourdough or a sweet roll dough.  It's not that I always possessed these skills.  I baked a few sourdough bricks and ciabatta with no holes until I got a feel for the dough.  I had some OK chicken until I discovered what ingredients work best.  It takes time, it takes persistence, it takes the willingness to try again and again after defeat, and it takes observation to notice the small differences.

4/14/2016 8:37:40 AM

Great post Susy, it really resonated with me. I'm just learning to appreciate the journey and not let fear manage my life.

Nebraska Dave
10/3/2011 8:17:44 PM

Susy, I especially like this post of encouragement for folks to keep trying. I couldn't agree with you more about never never never give up. It's only a failure if I quit other wise I'm still on the journey to success. I just love a challenge to figure out how to accomplish a project. Some times it's a work in progress as it's being built. My biggest challenge in gardening right now is flowers. Coming from a row crop farmer mentality doesn't help. Nature does not grow plants in rows evenly spaced and my flower beds look just a wee bit un natural. I will be getting better the next flower bed rejuvenation. It's definitely a long process for me. Have a great learning day.

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