As mentioned last week my thought on the building process is that "the road to hell is paved with good intensions". That road can lead to stress, ailments and financial hardship, especially when the property owner is new to the process. This is particularly true when one is unfamiliar with the unnecessary delays and he or she can end up questioning if the city is on his or her side to move things forward?
Trying to stay positive and focus on win-win. I am very grateful to all involved and not involved for supporting us through this process. The small things count, like an acquaintance in the "hood" asking you "when are things going to start moving?" and then encouraging you to keep at it and letting you know they too are looking forward to seeing things happen and change to take place.
In our case, we did background history on the house, (which you'll find in the BIG HOUSE section) hired the Landscape Architect, Architect and Contractor, held a community meeting with our neighbours, posted the Development plan (BLOG October 10, 2016), agreed with changes by the city and conceded a dwelling unit, attended many meetings and had many budget revisions, paid for City overtime all to make good decisions and keep us moving forward.
Here we are in February without a Building Permit in hand, but I have faith is will come soon. It feels like your spirit is being bent before a shovel gets into the ground; this surely is not intentional.
I can't help but ask the question why does it take so long to make something good happen? We've all heard that patience is a virtue, -- and like "the road to hell is paved with good intensions" I'm also reflecting on patience being a virtue.
The first known recording of this expression is in Piers Plowman, a narrative poem believed to have been written by William Langland between 1360 and 1387. It is similar to the Latin expression, maxima enim, patientia virtus. Not being the most patient person on the planet I feel this character trait is certainly being tested and stretched to GROW.
This week patience and honour to poetry and the song and dance of life... (and the desire to stay positive)