Aug. 17, 2015

The "Pressure" of Accountability... #NOMORE

I know I've mentioned Accountability before; but I got a really neat metaphor for it, recently, and wanted to share it with you.

Here's a little back-story: When I first moved to the town I live in now, I was going through a lot - both mentally and emotionally. Most of my previous employment had been in Customer Service, and dealing with the public on some level.

For 5 years, I worked in a pottery here, making bakeware for a well-known company. I refer to this time as my "underground period". I worked hard as a Finisher, then Presser, then moved up to Packer.

During the first few years, especially, I was a very angry person. Let me tell you, for an angry "Rage-aholic", a pottery is about the BEST place to be. I take pride in everything I do. If a piece of bakeware I was finishing wasn't perfect, I could break it apart to be reground into fresh clay; and when I was pressing, it was EVEN BETTER. I got to fling the leftover clay from around EVERY piece I made back into the clay cart. Talk about cathartic!!!

This brings me to the "Pressure" of Accountability. When you're running a press, you have a top mold and a bottom mold. I don't know what the molds are made of, but they're porous. Water is connected to them to help release the clay in the shape of the item you're making. It takes two molds to make every item. You also have to leave space between the molds for clay to form. (It's a little different than pounding clay on the table.)

The point I'm making, is you NEED both parts of the mold, like you need both sides of a relationship, to be accountable. This is for ANY relationship. What's that word I always use? BALANCE!!! Ha, ha!!!

(Also have a little back-story, if you don't have that balance of pressure on the molds, you can get a nasty scar, or EVEN worse - WINK!!!)