New Beginnings, Part Two

It is February, the shortest month of the year. The days are short, and the nights are long. Many of the New Year’s resolutions we made so expectantly lay shattered and broken along the roadside. It is an easy time to get discouraged and feel defeated. The hope and joy of spring’s new life seems a long way off.

My goal in this article is to breathe hope and belief in new beginnings into your February. Why should January get all the new beginnings? Every day you get out of bed, you have the opportunity to create a new beginning. No matter what you have been through, you can reshape your experience by your attitude. Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to life’s events. If you are feeling down and discouraged, try counting your blessings. Look around you for things you have to be thankful for and focus on these things rather than those areas that you are discouraged or sad about. Remember that the darkest hour is just before the dawn.

In my life, I have much to be thankful for. In my professional life I have the privilege of helping people live safely and comfortably in their own homes throughout the course of their lives. In partnership with occupational therapist Carrie Ferguson, I am launching a new, more comprehensive home safety and accessibility assessment service. This assessment will help people to plan proactively to age in place in the homes they love. More details on this service coming in Housing Matters next month. In my personal life I am thankful for family and friends.

I have wonderful children and grandchildren that bring me great joy. After walking through the valley of the shadow of death after losing my wife Barbara to lung cancer in July of 2022, I have had the privilege to marry Michelle who is beautiful inside and out and loves me with all of her heart. Just as spring follows winter, there can be love and new beginnings after loss. I saw a quote that states,” Mostly it is loss that teaches us about the worth of things.” I have found this to be true in my own life.

If you or someone you know has been widowed, I would like to extend an invitation to attend our widowed person support group. We meet the second and fourth Mondays at 5:30 pm at Good Samaritan Hospice at 2408 Electric Rd SW Roanoke VA 24018.For more information visit Roanoke Archives – Widowed Village or Roanoke Widowed Persons Meetup Group Events Call me at 540-556-0650 to RSVP or if you have questions.

I also will be exhibiting and speaking at the Roanoke Home and Garden Show. The show will be held February 16-18 at the Berglund Center. For more information visit Greater Roanoke — Home and Garden Shows ( I will be speaking on the subject of “Through the Years – A Contractor’s Journey” on Friday and Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 2:45. I will be telling stories about some of the memorable projects that I have been privileged to undertake over the course of my nearly 40-year career in construction.

Many of you have been reading my column for years and I would love to be able to meet you in person. Admission is free, so come on down! Remember that there is no time like the present to make a new beginning in any area of your life. If you need help in any of the areas mentioned in this article or need help with a home modification or home improvement project, give me a call at 540-556-0650. I would love to help. Here’s to new beginnings!

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