Saturday, April 22, 2006

Crazy Good!

I am so blessed.

I am so stressed.

It seems that, in my life, when the Lord gives me blessings, it usually comes in the form of an opportunity. At that point, it’s up to me to follow through on it.

It’s a beautiful system. Not only do I get the blessing, but I learn from it as well.

Now, taking advantage of those opportunities, that the Lord has given me, is not always easy. In many cases, it involves more work. In many cases, it involves a LOT more work.

One of the opportunities, for example, is a new home. We’ve been feeling for a long time that where we’ve been living for the past 18 or so years is just not a good home for a kid in a wheelchair. But I never thought we’d ever be able to afford another home. Along came the first opportunity: A place where we can have a home built, a rambler, with the possibility of an elevator/lift to the basement, very wheelchair accessible. It’s got half again as much square footage as our current house, and a comparable payment, maybe only a hundred or so dollars a month more.

Wow! What an opportunity!

But that means we have to sell the house we’re in, and that means we have to do a lot of work to get it ready. That means that almost all of my spare time has been spent up on the roof, nailing on new shingles, or finally finishing the tile in the hallway, or packing up half our stuff to move it to a storage shed (why on earth did I think I needed that stuff in the first place?)

And a couple of friends of mine and I at work put together a proposal for a new line of services to offer our clients. Our boss was very excited, as was his boss (one of the company’s partners). Our company’s policy is that when such innovation happens, those that set up and run the program (us) get a percentage of the sales.

Wow! What an opportunity!

And that means that we’ve spent a lot of time and effort (in addition to keeping up on our regular jobs) in preparing more proposals and counter proposals, and meetings and negotiations. It’s been a hectic month.

But it has the potential, over the course of the next few months, to double my income.

What’s my point in all this?

Maybe it’s only to excuse myself for not blogging. Maybe it’s to tell everyone how thankful I am to the Lord for the incredibly wonderful stresses in my life right now. Maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking of how the Book of Mormon reminds us to pray over our flocks and our fields.

Or maybe it’s just to share my exciting news with my friends.

Mark Hansen


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