first steps to building
excavate the foundation
clear out all debris
In these early days of the year many people speak about what they want to create, what they want to build, what they want to do.
We applaud creation. We worship at its altar.
Destruction, on the other hand, gets no such regard. We view destruction as a threat to our existence, a problem to be feared, and perhaps solved.
The real problem here is that creation and destruction don’t exist in isolation. They are part of the whole.
You can’t have one without the other.
There are moments in life when we need to make a change and we can simply redecorate the house. Change the furniture, apply a fresh cost of paint, clear the clutter.
Other moments call for renovations. Redoing a kitchen or a bathroom, renovating the interiors, maybe building an addition.
And every so often, a complete tear-down is called for. Not just knocking the house to the ground, but also excavating the foundation and clearing the land.
We can’t build something sustainable on a cracked foundation.
It take courage and fortitude to knock down a house and excavate the foundation. Excavation is loud and messy work. It’s disruptive and painful.
We don’t know what is buried in the depths under the concrete.
Our willingness to uproot what was deeply entrenched in the soil is rewarded with the opportunity to consciously plant something new and know that whatever we are building will be built on a solid foundation.