In nature growth has always been a symbol of something that is alive and thriving. Here at Dry Bones Mud House, we embrace growth and the challenges that come with it.
Some of those challenges can be painful just like growing pains children experience as their bodies physically become larger. Some challenges require flexibility like a rubber band whose literal ‘life expectancy’ is dependent upon how flexible it is in relation to the tension placed on it. Some challenges require a time for adjustment and adaptation. Going back to the example of a child, as they grow and begin experiencing more movement, they must learn balance which requires making constant adjustments. A child must adapt to weight changes, muscle growth, increases in dexterity, and making more advanced movements like going from crawling, to standing, to walking, to eventually running.
Each of these aspects of growth present new challenges, but if taken head on and we do not run from them we can over come these challenges and experience growth.
Growth for Dry Bones Mud House can be measured by several different factors: transaction growth and customer base growth are typical growth metrics companies track. But we do not want to measure growth simply by revenue prosperity. We desire to see growth of knowledge about coffee in our customers. We hope to see growth in our team to constantly strive to provide better and more intentional service. We hope to see growth in our community efforts to impact the marginalized and ‘invisible’ persons walking around us.
Growth is not being a flourishing oak perched on a hill overlooking a fading valley. Rather it is being a Redwood amongst other Redwoods. Many people would think that a Sequoia Redwood would have a deep, intricate root system. Well, intricate they are, deep they are not. The questions, then, is how are Redwoods able to grow up to nearly 400ft, have a diameter averaging nearly 30ft, and weigh around 500 tons? How do they withstand high winds, earthquakes, fires, prolonged flooding, and live to be thousands of years old? They are the epitome of growth, but with roots that go only as deep as 6-12ft, how have Redwoods sustained for so long with such great and tremendous growth?
Redwoods do not stand alone. Their roots may be shallow, but their root systems span wide! They intertwine and even fuse together, in some instances, with the root systems of nearby Redwoods. They share nutrients with each other and their growth and sustainability becomes dependent upon the strength of their root system ‘community’. They literally hold each other up. This is the value of growth for Dry Bones Mud House. We want our roots to intertwine with yours so we can hold each other up and grow tall.