I am so pleased to have a featured blog on Banyan Botanicals to kick off the new year.
A New Way to Do New Year’s Resolutions
Growing up, our kitchen had what we called “a junk drawer.” This drawer was crammed full of pens, markers, various rolls of tape, and different tubes of glue. It could produce rubber bands, paper clips, origami paper and sticky notes, telephone wire, macramé cord, string and twine, various sizes of nails, screws, and thumbtacks, along with coins from the US and overseas. The junk drawer was a make-something drawer. It was also a fix-it drawer. It held the only tools my family owned or used: a hammer, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers.
My mother, sisters, and I were all very skilled with DIY and fix it up. We could accomplish a lot with a hammer, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. Amazing, unexpected, and satisfying accomplishments. When something needed fixing, we dug into the junk drawer for a hammer, a screwdriver, or pliers. And we made do. If something couldn’t be fixed with these tools, then it couldn’t or wouldn’t be fixed. At least not by any of us. And depending on the importance of the broken thing, it would be overlooked and discarded or deemed worthy of outside assistance. In that case, Mom would call the handy man. He had a whole truck full of tools. Hundreds of tools. And he could accurately assess a problem and fix it easily; he was skillful and adept with hundreds of problems, hundreds of solutions, and hundreds of tools.
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