We get so focused on our daily accomplishments that we often forget to enjoy the small things around us. How many times have you ignored a conversation or an individual in your presence to accomplish something which you believe to be necessary or important? I know I’ve done it plenty of times.
Despite having 3 amazing kids, I often find myself focusing on what needs to be done and not enjoying what is going on around me. One morning last week, my wife took our two little ones to daycare on her way to work, so I was home alone with our 1st grader. We had 45 minutes before the bus would come, and I was thinking about what I could accomplish on my computer for work and what house chores I could knock out before it arrived. Then my son said “Dad, let’s go get breakfast before school.” Immediately I wrote off the idea, “There is too much to do.” I thought. Well, in a persistent way, my son asked the same question again and I listened to him and started thinking about it. The dirty dishes would not mind if I did them later, I was about to spent nearly 9 hours doing work “stuff,” and my son wanted just 45 minutes of my time. We went and had an enjoyable bagel and cinnamon roll while talking about his school and just enjoyed being together. It was GREAT!
While accomplishing the dishes or laundry or that proposal for work would have been good to do, I would have missed a Great opportunity with my son to have a quiet breakfast with just us. These are the moments that we often overlook in our busy day to day lives. Please take a moment each day to enjoy the Great opportunities that are right in front of you.
I know it sounds cheesy, but no one likes to pay for insurance, myself included. A long time ago I was friends with a family that had 3 small children and was witness to their devastation when their house caught on fire due to a faulty outlet in the garage. My best friend was the sister of the gentleman that lost the majority of his important property. She also lived in the same neighborhood as him, so I passed by the house frequently. Human nature is to stop for a minute and think about what someone is going through when something terrible happens to them, but most of us go right back to our lives afterwards. In this situation, I was not able to block it and move on. You literally couldn’t ride through the neighborhood without smelling it, pull in to my friend’s driveway without seeing it, or think about them without remembering the kids’ toys melted together in the yard and driveway. On a positive note, he and his family, although they too loathed their monthly insurance cost, were relieved and secure knowing that this was only a short set back since their insurance would take care of their important property in a committed amount of time.
With Winter Storm Jonas coming out of nowhere, my first concern (after my personal family, of course) was to ensure that my customers were confident that, should they experience any type of outage that would impact their important property, we would be there to make sure that it was only a setback (if a problem at all) by honoring the delivery for their DR “insurance,” a feature that some wish they didn’t have to pay for.
Knowing on Thursday evening that the storm was brewing and headed our way, we made sure to let our customers know that they could count on us and remind them of the process since panic typically sets in during emergency situations. Those that have tested on an annual or even bi-annual schedule were able to respond back right away and thank us for being proactive and caring about their business; no worries on their part when it comes to their professional property. Not only have they paid for their “insurance,” they have tested it once or twice a year to be sure when they go to sleep at night that, if something should happen, they have taken the right steps to ensure that their family can remain their one and only concern.