Just in time for the cold weather, this past week we made progress to close up the house. As you can see in these pictures, the siding started to go on, the fireplace was installed and the drywall was mostly finished. Also, the rest of the insulation was blown in and the garage floor was poured.
I am particularly encouraged as I notice the unique competencies of the sub-contractors who come to perform specific tasks. Each individual knows his role and generally performs it with professionalism and excellence. Usually the workers have wonderful attitudes and are a pleasure to be around. If they express discouragement, it is because there is something unique about our project that inhibits them from achieving the level of excellence they desire. Every worker encourages me and I do my best to express my appreciation.
I expressed appreciation to one of the guys installing the siding about how efficiently he was working. He sloughed off my complement with, “It’s actually very easy if you have the right materials.” I corrected him with, “It is easy if you have the right materials and knowledge.” He has a skill that should not be devalued. For example, if I had to learn how to do his job and actually do it, it would be more costly and take much longer. He is filling a critical role without which we could not finish this project.
Beyond the progress with the construction this week, our family experienced other blessings. Most importantly, Laura and Kagi welcomed their beautiful new daughter, Sybil, into the world. Less significant, this morning I ran the Hershey Half-Marathon and managed to win my age grouping. Competing is good for me. It reminds me of a host of spiritual principles. For example, as I was tempted to try to stay with younger and faster runners, I spoke to myself, “Keep your pace. Stick to what you can do and everything will turn out okay.” I’m glad I listened to myself!