No one else can do what you do. So why are you waiting to get started?

A few weeks ago, my son Liam–who loves building things–helped my brother-in-law build a swingset in our backyard. With some leftover lumber, screws, and other parts, Liam fashioned a sign and put it in our front yard.

Liam's sign, photographed by Michael Gowin

It’s funny to watch people walk past the house and slow down to read it. We watch them from our dining room in the evening. I applaud the boy’s efforts to do something creative and, though it would fail to meet the CC&R’s of more upscale neighboorhoods, I’m fine with it in our front yard.

At least for a time.

Take a chance today, risk failure, and make something.