Sunday felt like spring in Chicago. Actually it felt a little more like summer at eighty-one steamy, midwest degrees. We were having some friends over for lunch and I thought it’d be a great chance to polish off the winter rust from the grill and make my famous roasted red pepper and chicken tacos. I pulled the grill away from the wall to change out the propane only to find a nest, a mama pigeon, and two little white eggs. We called our friends and went to Chipotle instead.
Big deal, you might be thinking. A bird is making a nest on your deck. But the irony is absolutely killing me!
You see, the Mrs. and I are just three weeks away from the “projected due date” of our baby girl and the nesting going on inside our house is in a rather frantic state. The crib arrived yesterday, we need to get the art up on the walls, put up the bassinet/pack & play, put the crib together that came yesterday, and pack for the hospital (I could go on). All the while taking turns talking each other down from the “why-did-we-ever-think-having-a-baby-was-a-good-idea-we’re-so-not-prepared-for-any-of-this” ledge.
And then the irony really hits me.
The bird is preparing. We are preparing.
And then a question comes to mind.
How do you prepare to bring something new into the world?
I could get philosophical here and say that you prepare by being to open to the discomfort that a new idea (or baby) brings, or say that this openness is more about changing you, the creator, than it is about your creation. Don’t get me wrong, I believe all of that down to my core, but today…today I’m opting for getting things done.
For right or for wrong, I need discipline when it comes to preparing to bring something into the world and so today I give you few of my favorite resources for preparing to create: