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