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The season of construction

In Canada we jokingly say we have only two seasons: winter and construction. 

We laugh, but it’s true that nature dictates that we have a time to build and a time to refrain from building.

We’re still in construction season and during my daily cottage walks I passed this sign posted by a new housing development.

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This site poses a certain kind of danger. The trees they are clearing could fall a bonk someone on the head, or the large diggers and bulldozers used to dig roots and clear rocks might flatten a heedless pedestrian.

On other sites when builders sledgehammer through walls, someone might step on rusty nails or touch live electrical wires.

Construction, it seems, involves an inherent element of risk.

What about other kinds of construction?

  • When I was pregnant—”constructing” babies, so to speak—nausea and fatigue made me, let’s just say, unpleasant to be around. My husband often tiptoed around the danger zone.
  • This day after Labour Day many of us begin new studies or projects at work. As we construct our knowledge-base and our careers, we face the dangers of failure or financial losses.
  • Building a business is a dangerous proposition. To earn business rewards, an entrepreneur risks investment funds and reputation.
  • Artists and writers who build worlds for us to temporarily inhabit all know the danger of rejection, feelings of inadequacy or wasted time.

In this season of construction, are you clearing paths and building despite the danger?

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