While we were building our house last year, I had a realization.
You can take one man, and ask him to build a house, perhaps in the woods. By himself, he can, at best, create a shack. Even an advanced mind that can conceive of something elaborate with many stories can only execute so much on his own. He may create something cozy and beautiful, yet it is still likely to be simple, if done completely on his own.
When you start to build a slightly larger house, like our modest ranch, you can get more people involved. The architects who designed the plan, the manager who oversees the many different parts, the pieces that are each completed by whole teams: excavators, masons, framers, finish carpenters, etc- all with their own managers of their groups. Perhaps a hundred pairs of hands work directly on a modest-sized home, from start to finish.
Then, you see pinnacles of architecture, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. From its commission, to teams of architects, to thousands (perhaps a million?) pairs of hands working to build it and embellish it with breathtaking art, it is a testament to what can happen when many, many more hands and minds and hearts are involved in something.
My question for you (and one that I've been continually asking myself this year) is this:
What shacks are you trying to build alone?
What homes are you enlisting help in?
And which cathedrals will you build with a thousand, or even a million, others?
All my love,