Relax and take note of the little things in life.
I was reminded of this on multiple occasions this past weekend and yesterday.
Over the weekend, I spent quite a lot of time with family celebrating a family member’s birthday over the span of three nights. I lost myself in the conversations we had about the time we’ve spent with each other, what plans we had and the company we kept. The simple act of breaking bread with a friend or family is relaxing in and of itself, knowing full well that life is happening right before your eyes.
Among us, we had two business owners, both affected by the economic downturn, but refusing to give in; two pharmacists and a pharmacy technician, talking about their years working together and sharing those moments of abandon laughter at work or home. These conversations were the rewards for my work over the week.
At the start of the week, yesterday, I was asked to take on a VP of Education role with my local Toastmasters club. I voluntarily work in a few leadership roles at various organizations in Orange County. So, I hesitated. I didn’t want to promise something I couldn’t deliver. But I had to smile and take pause. I believe in the mission of Toastmasters and have seen and experienced quite a lot of benefits to its members. Why did I pause? Because I want to be an active agent that carries on that same mission to help myself and others grow.
All in all, I realized today that it’s the little rewards of friendship, camaraderie, and business benevolence that I enjoy on a day to day basis. It’s these same daily rewards and memories that made my transition from employee to business owner this past summer such a pleasant and easy one. And it is my family and friends’ hard work in their full support of what I do and who I am that has made me successful.
I suggest that we each cherish the moments we have with those that support and love us, whether they’re family members or coworkers. These shared moments are the backbone of life that help each of us become stronger, around which we build our personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime.
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