We are, a little tentatively, beginning the long hard work of renovating the kitchen. I understand that some people actually enjoy doing things like a kitchen reno, despite the money and the costs. Some of them are installing a 'dream' kitchen.
Even in a different space, I wouldn't spend much time dreaming about my kitchen.
In fact, my outcome is for my kitchen to become so functional that I don't notice it at all. I just notice what I'm cooking.
I'd like that. But it's not likely either. As creative and dynamic as I am, without a dream to drive me, I accept limitations.
The limitations of this kitchen in this house mean that it's not going to be entirely functional. Not even if I do everything right, have great design advice, and really good contractors. Which is a lot of "ifs."
If I do the best job possible of renovating this kitchen, I will have the satisfaction of a chore well-done and a more functional kitchen.
I do not underestimate the value of chores well done. As I contemplate marking and laundry and vacuuming, I appreciate that I enjoy the results of chores well done.
But they are chores. Not dreams. Not even outcomes.
A contractor today told me I would be "inspired" by a shiny new kitchen to get rid of clutter.
I sure hope she's better at renovations than she is at predicting influence.
I will be pleased and maybe even a little excited by a kitchen that works better. But not inspired to change.
Change requires a dream - or at least, an outcome.