Friday, January 29, 2010

How Often do you Miss the Whimsy?


Groggy from sleep, shuffling to my ritual morning shower, I look up and this is what I see....two smiley faces, dangling from the odds-and-ends rack in the shower. With my own "smiley face," I remember these as gifts in my 11 year old daughter's Christmas stocking. Gifts I gave her knowing they fit her wonderful personality perfectly.
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It also made me pause to think how often I miss little things like this. As a person with a lot of responsibility for my family and for others (not unlike many of you who are reading this), the days are usually so hectic and loaded-up that unless we are "tuned-in" to the little things, they might pass right on by, un-noticed and, at least in this case, un-shared.
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In my line of work, I am often away and do not have the chance to see these little touching moments. For me, it makes the ones I do get to witness that much more special.
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You see, leadership is not always "out there" at work or in our civic clubs and organizations. Recently, Stephen Covey made a comment about treating our children as leaders. Each of them will be leaders of their own lives, and, eventually, like us, the examples they set for their own children and families to follow.
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For those of us with children, never forget that they will mark our legacy long after we are gone. They are the important parts of us that are the result of our love for our spouse, and our dedication to our family. How we build them up or don't will ring in their lives and in their relationships many years down the road.
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So in this moment, I choose to say "Thank You, Gillian!" Thank you for making me smile and thank you for helping me remember what is most important in my life...my children and my family.

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