Embracing the “Making Do”

The ShowerBack in the 1950’s my widowed paternal grandfather bought acreage on a small lake in almost the middle of nowhere.  With help from family and friends, and making do, he built a wonderful family retreat.

Part of the making do is the shower.  Built by hand, free-standing in the basement, it isn’t a piece of fine art or a place to relax.

But it works.  It meets our needs.

Over the decades and generations, the shower has taken on a certain presence of it’s own.  For those of us who grew-up with it, it is just another part of the cottage.  For visitors, it can be an adventure (after all, only a simple plastic curtain hides your naked body from the rest of the basement). 

It can also be a juggling act, having one shower for over 24 people at times (the one toilet is augmented with a rented port-a-potty).

Yet, we also know that this is all a huge luxury.  We are so lucky to have a shower with reliable, clean water.  We are so lucky to take a shower at a place of beauty.

Instead of just making do, or even complaining, we embrace the cottage’s shower. Instead of welded corrugated metal, it becomes a beautiful and rare joy.

What things in your life are you making do with?  A small house?  A less-than perfect job?  An unhappy relationship?

What parts of your life do you approach with hesitation, judgement, and doubt, which you can transform into a beautiful thing?

Sometimes the “making do” needs tons of work to get to a place that can be healthy, but sometimes it just takes looking at it from a different perspective.

God, help me see what I am “making do” with in my life, what I relegate to something to be lived with, rather than something to be enjoyed.  Help me see the blessings in my life.  Amen.

About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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1 Response to Embracing the “Making Do”

  1. Stephanie this is so well said! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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