Life is all mirrors and smokes. I thought that redecorating the house was about my ability to manage money and being precise in budgeting. It so was not.
This has been about relationships. Everyone who walked through my doors for the last week was a complete stranger. The decorators recommended them and because I trusted the decorators I extended my trust to their contractors. The relationship that I built with the decorators manifested in the relationships I developed with all the people who walked through the door. Connections beget connections. Now I have access to contractors that I did not have before.
It also was about asking for help. Sometimes I could not leave work to meet a contractor so I had to ask others for help. I had to rely on others and work with their schedules. At times this meant that I made no decisions about the times that contractors could access to the house. It did not hurt but it is something that I never considered since I am a do it myself type of person.
All of this meant that I had to trust people. Trust that they would do as they say, show up when they say and give me a job that I would be happy with. I was blind and had to be lead through the process.
I had to surrender. The schedule was off, life happened and things did not go as planned. I had no control over anything that happened. When the painters were late I could not make them come early, when the delivery guy showed up an hour later I still had to pay him for the service. I learnt something more about money. I am an accountant so I thought that I could budget this thing to the last dollar. My budget was completely off and the cost kept growing, yet the money kept showing up for the payments.
Tonight I am happy with the work that was done. Still one or two things left to do which will be completed by the weekend.
The rest of the work is deferred to 2015, since at this time of year workmen are all booked up in advance for the Christmas season. So I am also marveling at how lucky I am to have gotten the services without much delays or fuss.
I will reboot the work in the new year with a few changes. I am not doing a budget, I have a general idea how much it will cost and that is it. I will accept that I have no control and let things happen as they happen and I will get some help so that someone else can open the house for the contractors. New year, new attitude.
Looking forward to see how that works out.