Blaine Hogan is the Creative Director at Willow Creek Community Church. If you’ve attended a Leadership Summit in years past, you’ve no doubt seen his creativity in action through some of the arts moments during the GLS like this one:
Blaine is a creative leader and has a heart to help churches, pastors, and artists get better at art. Below is a post from Blaine that we know you will enjoy.
The photo of flowers on my kitchen table proves the fact that winter has ended in Chicago. Spring has officially sprung and we are ever so grateful!
As I sat there staring at my laptop and lots of error messages, I started feeling this strange pain in my leg. It was a sharp poke that came every couple seconds. Bam. Bam. Bam.
“Dada. Come ON!”
Ruby was poking me in the leg with her (rather sharp) fairy wand. Bam. Bam Bam.
“Dada. COME ON!”
I’d been ignoring her for at least 15 minutes as I took in the gravity of the broken site. What would I tell people? How would we fix it? Where do I even begin?
Many of you know this, but 10 years ago, I experienced a series of panic attacks that took me to the ER on multiple occasions. Thankfully, while episodes of that nature are nearly non-existent these days, I still live with a pretty constant, low-grade hum of anxiety. And as I stared at a giant 404 message, the hum quickly increased to a holler until…Bam. Bam. Bam.
“DADA. COME ON!”
So what do you do when things break?
You take a deep breath, close your computer and give your girls a bath (or whatever the equivalent might be in your own stage of life – this is just a metaphor, friends). At least that’s what I did.
There wasn’t anything I could do right then. I knew that I’d work hard and figure out a solution (even if one didn’t exist in that moment), and frankly, I had more important things to do than notify hundreds of people of a situation most of them were already aware of.
As the warm, soapy water filled the bath, and as my ears and heart filled with the voices of the two best things things I ever made (not websites or projects, mind you), my brain filled with answers.
Two months later, my girls are bathed and the site is fixed. Call it a “fresh start.”
If you happen to be facing a challenge of your own, I’ve got two suggestions:
- Take a deep breath and get away from it for a bit. I promise the space will do you good.
- Tell us about it! Literally, right now…in the comments. Sometimes just getting it out of yourself can be cathartic.