As I talk too many people there is an overriding sense that things are getting worse and not better in the business world. I know for myself this has been a deep time for reflection on our business we have been in for the past 10 years, Real Estate. We are in the mist of supporting, or should I say trying to support several Land Development projects, raw dirt not bringing any income into the till. The value of most of this dirt is now much less than we paid for it. We have been working closely with our variety of lenders and recreating the loan payments, terms, what ever we can do to keep these a float. There is an understanding that at some point we may have to throw in the towel and let the laws of high finance take their toll. Does this stuff put me in a place that I have no idea how to even think? Yes, but thank goodness for faith, my family and my friends. Without these three things I can not imagine getting through some of these challenging times. “What does not kill you will make you stronger”, I’m not sure who quoted that but I can tell you I am getting really strong right now…. I now have mussels that I did not know I had…!!!!
It’s funny that I have this believe that without financial stability I can have no happiness. The thing that does not make sense in this is I have had money and I have had no money so what I am seeing is my “joy for life” is not dependent on my financial position. It is based on my attitude which is the only real thing that I do have control over. When you come to that place that when there is food on the table and a roof over your head and that you are doing better than a large percentage of the rest of the world. I have a great friend that tells me “ why don’t you go tell the homeless guy under the bridge just how bad you have it”. What I have is high class living problems that I volunteered for when I made the choice to leave a very comfortable six figure and venture out to build a business. I still believe I made the proper choice going out on my own. Together we will all get to the other side of this financial situation we are facing. Might things on that side take on new meaning, yes; will I accept then or fight them? Time will tell……….