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They Ask You Answer by Krista Kotrla, Marcus Sheridan

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1The Fall

I could feel the anxiety and sense of hopelessness start to overcome me. Like every night at this time, driving home from a long day of work, I dialed my phone and waited for the bank’s automated system to tell me what our company’s checking account balance was. With heart racing, the response was not surprising.

Overdrawn.

But why was I even checking at this point? Our company bank account had been overdrawn for the past two weeks.

For some reason, though, I still dialed that stupid number, and held out a faint hope that we were in a better situation than what reality demonstrated.

After hanging up the phone and feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, I started to cry.

I was thirty-one years old. My business was a failure. My family life was suffering. And for a guy who sees himself as a problem solver, I was out of answers.

And so the tears kept flowing, knowing that when I arrived home in a few minutes, my wife Nikki would likely not even ask me the standard question, “So how was work today?”

You see, some questions in life are better off not being asked. My wife understood that. She’d gotten used to seeing the stress in my eyes and the worry in my countenance. The pain was self-evident.

Such was the life of a pool guy in January 2009. . . .

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