We are currently facing ...
~ An estimated $100,000+ in damages for us, the building and the adjacent tenants.
~ Our new self-service dog wash (which was just starting to gain some momentum) has been non-functional ever since. Hopefully this is only disabled for a few more weeks.
~ Recoup of reputation and momentum on the East side of our town, where the 2nd Dee-O-Gee is located
Read more below about my initial thoughts (some of which you may be surprised with) and what my strategy is with the balance of our business and family related to this flood, and how my hope/faith seems to be in the mix heavily.
- God, why?
- God, why?
- God, why?
- I felt ... attacked, defeated, alone ... yet, hopeful and calm.
In the subsequent days after the flood, I learned how much we were protected. There were a number of things that could have been much much worse ... things that were made better by circumstances that were in motion long before we even signed our leased in that space. Like I said above ... I know God didn't cause that hose to break, but I do feel His protection by a number of these circumstances that were clearly his handiwork and timing.
Currently, I've been dealing with lots of insurance adjusters and other "fun" stuff :) It's taking up lots of my time that could very well be spent doing other things related to business or family. But, I know God has our best plan in mind and I hope that His Glory is shown to our employees and others as we "deal" with this flood.
A couple of things I'd like to bring awareness to in times like this:
- People are watching you lead in stressful/hard times. My employees were undoubtedly watching my every move to see how I handled it. Insurance adjusters and other parties involved are expectant that I would be angry and hard to deal with in hard times. It's vital, in times like this, that you lead well.
- When it seems daunting, just make "the next right decision". If I were to think about all of the ramifications of the flood, while in the midst of the flood and the stress, then I would have lost my cool and been overwhelmed by the "weight" of it all. When "________" is difficult and overwhelming, just focus on making the next right decision, 1 at at time.