Meet my brother-in-law, PW.
We spent the day at his farm yesterday, as we’ve done for many years, on Thanksgiving weekend.
Here’s how the day plays out:
Everyone arrives by noon. While the adults navigate the kitchen, the older kids explore the barn, and find the kitten they will later beg their parents to take home as their hearts melt at their adorableness. Meanwhile, the littles play with toys from a whole different generation.
After we eat our turkey dinner, PW hooks up a hay wagon (complete with bales to sit on) to his tractor and takes everyone on a tour to the back of his property. This year, the tour included ghosts and goblins strategically placed in the woods to surprise and delight the kids (well, most of them!)
The tractor can only go so far, so we walk the rest of the way, and at the end of the path, we pose for a family picture, And then it’s back to the house for dessert and a game, more visiting, and playing outside.
I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty sure that this tradition is the highlight of the autumn season for PW. I know it is for me.
A Constant and Consistent
As I posted a few pictures on Instagram last night, I realized how much of a constant PW has been in my life, since I was a little girl. Many others have come and gone in our family, but PW has always been there. Although he’d often have to leave early to go home and do farm chores, he’s been at every family function I can remember.
Not only has he been a constant, PW is one of the most consistent people I know.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are his team. He’s never stopped cheering for them, even though it’s been years since they’ve won the Stanley Cup. Giving him a present is pretty easy.
He’s dedicated his life to working the farm that his father farmed before him. You never wonder where he is because he’s exactly where he’s always been.
When you have a conversation with him, you benefit from the wisdom he’s gained from his love of farming, nature, and the wilderness. His observations about life are rooted in his experience.
Consistency Can Be Comforting
There’s just not a lot of surprises when it comes to PW.
I find it refreshing.
And, it illustrates that consistency can be comforting.
For the Entrepreneur, Consistency can be Puzzling, Complicated, and a Bit of a Mystery
I say “can be” because for many solopreneurs, consistency seems to be anything but comforting.
It’s something you know is important to your business, and yet how to accomplish it can be puzzling.
It looks like it should be simple, but it can end up feeling really complicated.
While you know it’s totally possible to be consistent, practically speaking, it can be a bit of a mystery.
And let’s not pretend that for some of us, it sounds just plain boring.
I used to think so too. But now I know that there’s a certain freedom that stems from consistency.
What about you? What’s your experience with taking action consistently or creating consistent results? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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