I used to work in new construction, doing tract-work plumbing, in Southern California and hated it because of the incongruence.
They would put a $250 faucet on top of the counter, and $3 parts under the sink, and cheaper than cheap inside the walls where no one could see.
Congruence has always mattered to me. I watch people on airplanes spend a whole lot of money decorating a body and soul that are wracked with toxicity. Ugly.
I watch a women with a huge ring that says she is loved, be emotionally abused by her husband for some minor awkwardness in getting on board the plane.
I think that this is commonly a deeper issue with Prophets than possibly other gifts. I generally feel that I want the external to be less than the internal.
So looking at a person, if in reality you are a 65, on a scale of 1 to 100, then why don’t you present yourself as a 45 instead of an 85?
Understated not overblown.
Against that backdrop of my emotions and expectations, we have the new office building. The gentleman who owns it bought an absolute wreck. He showed me pictures of the original.
He is VERY forward thinking and designed the rebuild around high quality and very high accessibility. That translates into Ethernet jacks and phone jacks and outlets all over the building. He was actively converting the house to a business center.
He even ran conduit underground and has some junction boxes in the middle of the floor, where someone would logically put a desk.
Eventually his company grew to having 30 people working there and his foresight was rewarded.
So his remodel job was vintage Prophet style — +90 inside the walls, attic and everywhere else people won’t see it, and a modest +50 on the surface. Good taste!
Unless you had worked in construction and had eyes to see, you would not notice the hidden excellence, but it was a huge hug for me. I HATE cords running across the floor because there are not enough outlets. I hate doors that have to be wiggled to close because the door frame sagged.
And one of the things I was particularly insistent on, with the realtor, was no buildings with aluminum wiring! I have no interest in setting a place on fire because we have too many electronic gadgets plugged in. Here it is fairly new wiring, with a huge breaker box including room for additional circuits, in the highly unlikely event we would need them.
So THAT was a big hug. To go to a building that is going to FIT wonderfully, rather than one where we have to do work-arounds, is a delight.
I still don’t know how we are going to lay out the various offices, but I know that when I do make the decisions, it will be based on how to leverage the strengths of the place, rather than diminishing the inadequacies.
Now, Megan is, as you well know, much more about presentation than I am. And for her, presentation means curves.
And the God Who Is Big Enough To Make Both Of Us Happy effortlessly built some curves into the building, just for her, years ago, when the building was being designed.
So both of us are looking forward to saying HELLO to a new work space that has so much more emotional appeal than our current concrete tilt up building!
South Carolina is being very welcoming to us.
And we are not even there yet.
Copyright August 2018 by Arthur Burk