• James Walton

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We put our house on the market a while back, and the very next day the front window shattered due to an unfortunate combination of my children and a soccer ball.

So I was left in the uncomfortable position of trying to sell a house that looked like the victim of a drive-by shooting.

I went through all the stages of grief:

  1. denial: prospective buyers won't notice it (despite being inches from the front door)

  2. anger: why do my children even have legs that can kick that hard?

  3. depression: the building inspector is coming to condemn the house

  4. bargaining: we can advertise the house as "well ventilated"

  5. acceptance: the only way out of this is through it

Turns out, the solution was a $12 pane of glass and a tube of window glazing. 4 minutes of YouTube tutorials and 30 minutes of work later, the problem was solved. And it only took me four days to emotionally get to the place where I could actually do something helpful about the problem.

Not every problem has a tidy solution, but every problem has a best next step.

Take action.


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