What really matters…and it isn’t work.

July 2, 2010

There are some days when I certainly need an escape and a release from the stress of work, professional headaches, and constant pressure of things that I really have no control over.

And it all goes away when I get home and see my children. I am blessed to have a three-year-old daughter and two month old son whose innocence and amazement of life is refreshing and inspiring.

They laugh at simply seeing someone smile back at them. They have no embarrassment when asking for help. They experience new things every day and learn at an unbelievable pace. And all of this comes natural and instinctual.

It makes me wonder what happens to those driving factors that we are born with as we progress into our adult working lives. Can we not appreciate the little things, say and then actually do the right thing, and elevate people around us opposed to tearing them down?

And then I let those thoughts go, because when it is all said and done, my work will not define me. My career will not fulfill my being. And when I am the smile that gets a laugh from my kids, I realize my life’s work is to be the finest father and husband I can be.

At the end of the day, I don’t dream of a C-level title, rather I relish one that starts with D…for Dad.


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