I Need A Personal Mission Statement

I’m definitely not the No Impact Man (read the book), but I try to be environmentally friendly as much as possible. So it was with good intention that I took to making my own soap after watching the documentary Chemerical (http://www.chemicalnation.com).

At first I did laundry detergent because I was getting running low and the recipe is so crazy simple a chimp could do it. The detergent worked great but getting the ground soap to dissolve in cold water wasn’t easy so I started having to mix it in a pitcher full of hot water first. I should have realized this as a sign of what was to come.

After operation “DIY detergent” was done, I turned my attention to making hand soap which I had just ran out of and is also an ultra simple recipe. Like the laundry detergent there is a trick; the soap comes out either too think, too thin, or at best the consistency of snot.

Being the engineer that I am, I have a deep seeded urge to solve problems so I spent hours this weekend heating, cooling, mixing, whisking, pouring, staring, crying, and when all else failed more research. But it wasn’t until I saw my latest version of hand soap the consistency of Jell-O that I asked myself, “What the hell am I doing? How did I become a soap maker?”

It’s not that there is anything wrong with soap making or with being green but there is something wrong with jumping on every new thought that comes across my head without seeing if it is something I really want to devote time to. This is especially true for someone as committed to family and business as yours truly.

It was then that I realized the importance of developing and maintaining a personal mission statement: A well thought out statement that puts boundaries on my life developed from a place of internal reflection and deep thinking.

So a Personal Mission Statement is the latest new project that I’m going to tackle, but I think this one is worthy of pursuing.

More updates to come.

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