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About a week ago one of our reporters, Rebecca Robledo, walked briskly into my office. “I have a news story,” she said.

Immediately my heart sank. The story had to be especially interesting if she felt the need to tell me in person, but lately anything interesting also was bad. Who went under? I thought. Which previously healthy market is now completely decimated?

But then I noticed that Rebecca was smiling. “Debra Smith and Mike Clark bought Pulliam Pools,” she explained.

I grinned back, all thoughts of bad news out of my head. Though I’ve never met Mike, I know Debra fairly well and the thought of her being part of the pool industry as an owner filled me with happiness. Debra is ethical, smart, competent, kind and exceptionally hard-working. She gives female business owners everywhere a good name.

But after thinking about it, I realized there was a deeper reason that the purchase of Pulliam made my day. Buying a business in this economic climate is an act of belief and faith, and there is a difference between the two.

“Belief” is a feeling, but “faith” requires an action. In ancient Hebrew, one word for faith is batach, which also denotes the act of leaning your entire weight on a staff with the confidence that it will hold you.

I’m extremely happy for Debra and Mike as individuals, but I’m even happier for what their act symbolizes: a belief that things will get better soon enough to make their investment worthwhile, and the faith to dive into rough waters.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing them every success in the new endeavor.