Work this week began with the usual efforts, but soon turned into one of those times when everything flies by! We got some new orders and I was spending a lot of time out of the office following up on leads and really getting into my sales role. It continues to be an exciting challenge, but I have retained my desire to keep learning and becoming more effective. I took every opportunity to talk with the regional manager and draw from his experiences. Slowly, all learning is paying off. This coming week is filled with appointments.
In addition to a full work week, my wife has begun working on some home projects. We have been married for fourteen years and she still amazes me with her persistence. She is somehow able to be an amazing mother and tackle major household projects. My son turned two years old this week. He is the perfect combination of absolute sweetness tempered with the whispers of the “terrible two’s.” The weekends are filled with me spending a lot of time with my kids, but my heart continues to break on Sunday nights as my daughter begs me not to leave for work and stay home and play with her.
School continues to be busy, but the feel of this semester is remarkably different than previous semesters. I am fortunate to be in a class group with a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Additionally, every member of the group is working together well and we all share a deep desire to maintain clear communications. We have our ups and downs, but the underlying desire to be better is so motivating to me. It makes the work so much more enjoyable.
On Saturday, I organized a volunteering day with my work colleagues and we all served at a soup kitchen. Serving people breakfast and lunch was a truly enriching experience. Most everyone said “thank you” as they left the cafeteria, but one moment in particular stood out. A young girl, perhaps 4 years old, was being carried out by her older brother. Just as she was exiting the door, she smiled, waived, and said, “Thank you!” My colleagues and I were shocked at how touching the impact of her thanking us was. I confess that it emotionally impacted me and I felt the sensation deep in my heart. It was truly a memorable week.