A veteran of many construction projects, I see the demolition of a job site, with all its inherent mess and chaos, as the first part of the magnificent process of renewal.
Demolition and remodeling to me, is a metaphor for life and spiritual renewal. To grow, to move forward, to get to where we desire to go, we must put forth the effort it takes to tear out that which no longer works and in its place, design and rebuild that which does.
As in the case of my deck, before my backyard can be altered and improved, before it can become what we have always imagined it could be, the old, damaged wood needed to be removed and discarded.
The work is exhausting, and leaves me depleted, but then when I take those first few steps back and look upon what I have just completed, when I can see not what was, but what can be, the fatigue of the effort is forgotten and I am energized.