The Lighthouse Keeper
We have a light upon our house, and it gives hope to all who sail upon the stormy seas. Do ya know what it means to have a light burning atop your home? It is safety, a place of refuge, seen by all that as a signal that ye stand for something greater than this world, greater than us all.
James Michael Pratt
WHEN FATE IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WILL
For many months now we have been living artificially in a somewhat staged house in hopes that it would sell and we would move on to another chapter in our life. Over six months ago, when we made the decision to move, we put a tremendous amount of work into painting, landscaping, hiring stagers, and interviewing many agents to dial in on the perfect combination that would optimize selling our house. At the time, it seemed like the perfect time to go on the market as many houses were getting multiple offers.
But life does not always give you what you want. Instead, I am convinced it gives you want you need. And for some strange reason we were not meant to leave, at least not now. During the period it was on the market we lowered the price multiple times, eventually kicked out the stagers and restaged ourselves, repainted walls, and made the house available to potential buyers on a moments notice (which were many!). It was a challenging time. So when we finally got a reasonable offer we felt relief.
Then mysteriously the house came alive – really! Inspections revealed all sorts of problems and issues that had not been there just over a year ago when we purchased the house. Instead of relief we now felt incredible stress. To make matters worse, every time we needed to negotiate something I was out of town on business. While the problems with the house were all solvable, in the end what we were willing to give to the buyer to remedy the issues was not enough. So the deal went south and we elected to stop the charade and pull the house off the market.
While the initial feeling was disappointment, almost within hours I felt a renewed sense of purpose in keeping the house. For months all I wanted was to be rid of it, and now I knew it would play an important role in our future. This is the second house that has taken us to the brink of exhaustion trying to sell. Maybe life is trying to tell us something.