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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Support systems, sometimes they are very visible and apparent, other times they are behind the scenes.  Whether they are out in the open or are discretely hidden behind something else, their importance is still the same.  Without a solid support system, things are destined to fall over, to fail, to collapse.  Support systems are there for the trying times, when things are being tested to their maximum, stressed beyond belief, support systems hold everything together.

I was reminded this weekend how important my support system was, and got a good view on other’s support systems as well.  See, several months ago, I decided it was high time for me to get back into shape, and what better way to get motivated than to sign up for a half marathon. Well this Sunday was the race, and my family cam out in full force to support me.  Along the race, I passed several onlookers, families who were there to support their loved ones as they ran the race.  They placed signs along the course, held signs as people passed by, yelled words of encouragement to not only their loved ones, but to all the racers.

Trust me, if you have never run a long distance race, there are times when you are questioning why you are out there, why you are putting your body through this pain.  At these moments, hearing words of encouragement from strangers can help lift the spirits, help you take another step forward.  I am thankful for all of the well wishers along the way, but what got me to the finish line was know that my wife and four children were waiting there for me.  They were all excited to see me cross that finish line.  They have supported me over the last several months in my training, and they were there to share with in the excitement with me as I crossed the finish line.  I could not have made it through the training without them, and I definitely could not have crossed the finish line without them being there.  There were moments that I just wanted to call it a day, but the thoughts of my support system kept me going.  Little did they know that by simply being there that they were what was getting me through the race.

I am eternally eternally grateful for being blessed with a wonder wife and family, the best support system a guy could ever ask for.

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This morning, as I was leaving for work, my daughter Maris told me that she was going to go to the window to watch me leave.  This is not the first time that she, or any of the other three for that matter, have done this; but for some reason this morning it really touched me.  Seeing all four of my children at the dining room window, waving goodbye to me and telling me that they love me made me realize (not that I have not realized this before, but) a few things.  One, how proud I am of them and how proud I am to be their father.  Secondly, it made me realize that these moments are short lived, that before I know it, they will no longer be coming to the window to wave goodbye, they will either have other things going on, or even worse, they will be out of the house.

In life, things happen so quickly, that before you know it, things are gone.  If you blink, you miss out on your opportunity to cherish the small things.  But that is just life, you need to slow down and cherish the small things, before they are no longer there.

The same thing can be said about your career, or your company, just about anything.  You really should take the time to relish in the accomplishments, share in the camaraderie of launching a new product, enjoy every moment of your career and the things you share with those around you.  After all, you spend at least a third of your days (at least the work week) with the people around you, take the time to enjoy them and all that you do, because before you know it, those small things too will pass and you may have missed out on some really important things.

Life is short, get as much out of it as you can.  You get one shot at it, make it count.