A new sign and paint job weren't enough to bring in people.
This week they started demolishing the building.
Something new will be built in its place. Maybe a McDonald's or a Dollar Store. Maybe something else entirely. No one seems to know for sure. But there is one thing everyone can agree on - the building had to go.
Sometimes you have to tear something down completely to start over.
It is true for buildings, it is true for dreams and plans, and it is true for life.
As I listen to the noise of destruction and feel the rumble of heavy equipment and falling debris, I can't help but think of all the dreams and plans I have built in my life that, no matter how much I wanted them to work, were not meant to be. So often I have allowed them to sit, empty buildings memorializing a failure, instead of demolishing them and starting anew.
This year I want to dream new things and make new plans, and I want to give them their own space. A fresh start. No more trying to grow something new in a space that is old, tired, and doomed to failure.
Sometimes you have to tear down in order to build up.
Have you ever needed to demolish something in your life in order to start fresh?