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Rekindling the Dream

Will you join me in restoring the log home dream?

Most of us have been scrambling since this economic depression kicked into high gear.  It doesn’t matter what part you play in this business, you’re feeling the results of this business slowdown.  If you’re a log home builder, manufacturer or supplier, or a ‘prospective’ log home buyer, this sick economy is affecting all of us in many negative ways.

It’s only human to search for someone to blame so that we can feel better about our predicament.  But, in the end it doesn’t matter if Wall Street greed, corrupt politicians or the alignment of the stars got us to this point, we’re here – and none of us are happy about being here.

I haven’t pondered this at any great length, but it has been bouncing around in the back of my mind for quite a while.  I have come to the conclusion that the worst effect of times such as these is the personal ‘Loss of Hope’.  We see our business losses mount, our savings and investments plummet, friends and family experiencing hard times and all the other hardships  that accompany such an economic downturn and these things affect how we look at the world – and the future.

I for one, am tired of losing hope.  I’m tired of worrying about things I can’t control.  I am reminded of Mark Twain’s quote from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, “…it has never been my way to bother much about things which you can’t cure.

So how do we rekindle the hope?

I think we start by borrowing Nike’s slogan… we “Just Do It!”  If we know that worrying about the future won’t have an effect, and we know that self-serving politicians will continue to make foolish decisions and we know that deciding to be happy and hopeful (right now) is a conscious choice… then let’s… “Just Do It!”  We must decide to be hopeful and begin to make decisions and choices based on our belief that we can determine our individual destiny.

We know that we’ll eventually get through this mess, and we suspect that our taxes will be higher in the years to come, but we also know that these things may come to pass whether we worry about them or not. 

I am making a pledge to go back to business as ‘usual’ (that is… before the 2008 meltdown).  What do I mean by that?  My goal for the past five years has been to develop the best online listing of log home and timber frame companies as a reference site for people needing to contact such companies.  Additionally, I wanted to add useful information about the industry, maintenance and DIY projects, popular log home floor plans, interesting articles and other resources to help people learn about the joys of log home living.

Overall, I think I’ve done a fair job of living up to my objective, but I will admit to being in a funk of late and influenced by all the negative and discouraging news that’s been shoved down our throats.  You are going to see some new things from the Log Home Directory in upcoming months and a renewed energy from yours truly. 

The American dream has been kicked around of late, but I plan to do my small part to get things back on track.  If we all choose to get back to doing what we love most – and follow our passion… we can rekindle the hope – and get back to helping people build their dream homes.  I’ll leave you with one more quote from Mr. Twain…

…it is a blessed provision of nature that at times like these, as soon as a man’s mercury has got down to a certain point there comes a revulsion, and he rallies. Hope springs up, and cheerfulness along with it, and then he is in good shape to do something for himself, if anything can be done.

5 comments to Rekindling the Dream

  • Terry

    Man you are right about being influenced by the news. It is affecting all of us whether we like it or not. Thanks for the reminder, I will look forward to your new things on your site. Keep it up.

  • Chris M.

    You have encouraged me and I appreciate your honesty about the “NEWS” beating us up mentally. My wife and I are dealers for Kuhns Bros. and sales have been really slow this year for us and we have been getting discouraged. Your article boosted my morale.

    I’ve been subscribed to your blog for a couple years now and I really enjoy reading it. I envy your talents because you make all this online stuff seem so easy. You seem to know everything about log homes and how to make all this web stuff work. Do you have other people in your company that does these things or is this all done by you (such as the movie above)? Whatever the answer, I love your site.

  • Tom

    Hey Chris, thanks for the kudos, glad you like what you see here. Also, I do NOT know everything about log homes, but I learn new things almost every day and this blog gives me a place to share what I learn with you. As to the online magic stuff… I think I’ll make that the topic of an upcoming post… stay tuned 🙂

  • Andrew

    Count me in. We were about to begin clearing our land for a log home even though we haven’t settled on a manufacturer yet, but we have a great builder. Then the stock market dropped and so did our hopes to retire and build our dream home. But now that we have been treading water for another year we have decided to go ahead with our plan. Just like you, we are tired of waiting and tired of all the news. This is kind of like a mental revolt against bad news!

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