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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:31 AM
OK, one tough year has gone by. At least for me and my family. And me personally. Tough financial times for us this year, but we're still makin' it. Lost my friend Bobo, and my favorite uncle passed away yesterday. I know many people on this site have had a very tough time. I feel so blessed to have my relationship with God, my family and friends, and this all seems to help keep things in perspective and get me through the tough times. I'd like to start a thread about what we do when times are tough, how we make it through, how we celebrate when times are good, how we enjoy success, the things we struggle with, the way we deal with those struggles, how we overcome them, favorite lyrics or poems or passages. What keeps us grounded and gives our life meaning and purpose. Non denominational, non- judgemental. I'll launch this sucker and see if she floats.
As we have gone through the year money has gotten tighter and tighter, and sometimes lately it has felt like I'm about to be strangled by worry. I used to pray at night, when I was lying there awake and tryig not to worry, that God would deliver us from this situation. But lately it's been more that God would give me the strength to see us through the situation. Once I started looking at it that way, everything changed. Money is still tight, especially just after Christmas, but all the pieces we have been putting together to build a more solid future seem to be about to fall into place. My attitude and patience have been much better since I changed the way I thought about it (or it was changed for me, whichever you prefer). Seems like so many times just a slight change in our perspective can give or lives a whole different look. I like this one alot better.

[Edited on 11/3/2008 by DougMacKenzie]

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:50 AM
Doug it seems as though we've had a mirrored year, if that makes sense. I lost my grandmother, who raised me, in May. My business has been atrocious, took a $44,000 LOSS on a spec house and still sitting on two more. Honestly I buried my head in the sand or actually a bottle of rum in order to ignore the situation. I think I was literally drunk from Jan. to Sept. Hell there were mornings I'd be looking forward to my first drink for the today.
I don't what caused the light to go off but I woke up one day with a different perspective and started making an effort to secure some business for 2008. As of now things look pretty good for '08 even with housing market looking bleak.

As bad as it has been I sure have learned a lot this year personally and professionally.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:54 AM
I'm getting married.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:00 AM
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I'm getting married.









That must have been pretty good lasagna.


resolution thread, WP.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:12 AM
I stepped knee deep into my own storm the past few months.

thanks to some sound advice, much from DougMacKenzie , I'm back on track.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:52 AM
Youknow, there doesn't seem to be any way around these various trials and hard times, they're just bound to come. This April, right after we had bought a building for our business (Which meant a 30K investment to remodel it), our house flooded due to a freak back up of our drainage system. Cost us 20K out of our pocket after it was all said and done. Ouch. Between those two things we are pretty much tapped out. I left working at the prison to work with kids (at substitute pay!). Through it all, our family has gotten closer, my relationship with my wife, though it has gone through some tough spots, is overall much deeper and better, and we have each other and our health. So often it seems the things that I think are terribly bad at the time turn out to be the best things for me in the long run. Hope that continues. If it does, '08 ought to be great! Just reminds me how much we all really need each other.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 11:23 AM
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family has gotten closer, my relationship with my wife


My wife is greatly responsible for the positive outlook for next year. She got her real estate license and after dealing with some lame duck agents over the last few years she sold one of the houses in 45 days. Even though I'm taking a loss on the house at least we have her commission coming in. She also took it upon herself to do some marketing for my company. It's unbelievable how much support she has provided.

The end result is that we are closer than ever although we were never far apart to begin with. Times like this and you'll see who is in your corner.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 11:27 AM
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My wife is greatly responsible for the positive outlook for next year. She got her real estate license and after dealing with some lame duck agents over the last few years she sold one of the houses in 45 days. Even though I'm taking a loss on the house at least we have her commission coming in. She also took it upon herself to do some marketing for my company. It's unbelievable how much support she has provided.

The end result is that we are closer than ever although we were never far apart to begin with. Times like this and you'll see who is in your corner.

I agree totally. And my wife has her real estate license also, got it last year. Are we related?

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 06:56 PM
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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:23 PM
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No because I don't allow Cowpoke fans in the family.














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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:28 PM
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As for the favorite lyrics part...

My wife couldn't be with me here in NYC to catch Gov't Mule. With her blessing, she insisted that I make the trek.

My wife and I met at a Gov't Mule show... a show where Soulshine was played. So that's our song....

I called her Sat night during that incredible version at the Beacon and we "danced" together while being 400 miles apart.

I miss her terribly, so I've been sending her the lyrcis via text messaging all day today.

She's my shelter from the storm....

Great thread Doug.

Peace and Happy New Year!

that is so cool.

 

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No because I don't allow Cowpoke fans in the family.
j/k

Maybe you are my evil twin?

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 12:56 PM
Hang in there, Doug! Why don't you post your daily spirituals here? I love reading them and I know many others who do as well!

 

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great post Doug
 

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Hang in there, Doug! Why don't you post your daily spirituals here? I love reading them and I know many others who do as well!

Not a bad idea Libby. Here's an oldie but goodie, one of my very favorites. Many deep and important aspects to this, to me at least.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be n want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You annoint my headwith oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house
of the Lord forever.

 

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Hang in there, Doug! Why don't you post your daily spirituals here? I love reading them and I know many others who do as well!


 

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' we are pressed on every side by troubles , but we are not crushed. we are perplexed ,
but not driven to despair. we are hunted down , but never abandoned by God. we get knocked down , but we are not destroyed. ' 2 Cor 4:8-9
great thread Doug
Sometimes I want to share and express my innermost but............

 

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' we are pressed on every side by troubles , but we are not crushed. we are perplexed ,
but not driven to despair. we are hunted down , but never abandoned by God. we get knocked down , but we are not destroyed. ' 2 Cor 4:8-9
great thread Doug
Sometimes I want to share and express my innermost but............


ENZO! Nice to see 'ya.

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 01:39 PM
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Hang in there, Doug! Why don't you post your daily spirituals here? I love reading them and I know many others who do as well!

Not a bad idea Libby. Here's an oldie but goodie, one of my very favorites. Many deep and important aspects to this, to me at least.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be n want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You annoint my headwith oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house
of the Lord forever.


Doug, for Christmas I gave my elderly parents a spoken word CD of Sir Laurence Olivier reading selected Psalms. I truly got chills when I heard him read the 23rd Psalm.

And, for what it's worth, I think it's a great idea to have daily spiritual/devotional items in this thread.

Laura Jane

 

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Happy New Year to you brother!
Chin up!

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 01:45 PM
yo Dug..."chin up".

sound familiar, bro?



you rock.

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 01:46 PM
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yo Dug..."chin up".

sound familiar, bro?



you rock.

Seems I might have heard that somewhere before. People make life good. I truly believe that is how God works in our lives.

 

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yo Dug..."chin up".

sound familiar, bro?



you rock.

Seems I might have said that somewhere before. People make life good. I truly believe that is how God works in our lives.

 

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  posted on 1/1/2008 at 05:18 PM
God can do ANYTHING....I believe that

but it is better for us when we get involved on a personal basis
it wouldn't mean much if it was just a mere snap of the fingers and "it's all good"
this is so clitche' but it is very truthful "without no test...there is no testimony"

 

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  posted on 1/2/2008 at 09:39 AM
I like that James. One thing I've noticed in my life, is that when people go through tough things together, wherever it might be, they tend to bond together more tightly. Those relationships seem to have more depth and character, as do the people in them. The trick is getting through the tough times to the other side. Maybe it is possible to view hardship as a molding process, something that is uncomfortable to go through , but good for us in the long run. This is the way Paul describes it:

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illigitimate children and not true sons........God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness, and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
And again:
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, becuase God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
And James:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, becuase you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
And like piacere's sig says, "This too shall pass."

 

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