There is something glorious about a beautiful sunset. As I left work tonight, at peace with the past couple of weeks, I gazed upon the beautiful Florida sunset. Albeit there are a lot of things wrong with Florida, but one thing that is oh so right is the sunsets. Peppered by a bevy of beautiful white fluffy clouds, the red rays of the sun began to set slowly to the west as thunder and lightning rolled in over the coast to the east. I mean you have to love Florida. A thunderstorm out one window and world class glorious sunset out the other. Since I was driving, I was unable to snap a shot of the sunset. Consequently, I’ll add a picture of the sunset in Flam, Norway.
Today was glorious because it was a gift. I have to borrow this from my cousin Jessica, who started this as a daily reminder at the beginning of 2016. A simple daily reminder of a profound truth. Jessica has been a poignant reminder of how each day is a gift as she went through breast cancer treatments over the past year. Fortunately, we were able to see Jessica and her family this summer in Norway. My boys were overjoyed to meet her son Kai and spend some quality time with him. Time with family near and far is a glorious gift that no amount of money can replace.
I had a brilliant conversation with a co-worker today about the Oscar Wilde quote on my Live Inspired tee and what it means. Our conversation about this beautiful Oscar Wilde quote is how the meaning of this quote morphs with you are your progress through the stages of life. In some sense, she’s completely right. What defines a life well lived is dependent on the stage of your life.
Since our youth, we are preconditioned to acquire stuff. For example things like: the big house, the big paycheck, the big title and all the fancy goods. In the end, however, that is not what matters. Importantly, what matters is the experiences we share with the people we love. As much as we’d love to, you can’t bring your Louboutins or all that paper with you when you die.
It reminded me of how truly lucky I was to have Debbie in my life. I truly believe that God brings people into our lives for a reason, although I cannot yet understand why he tears them away from us. Debbie taught me, and I think others would agree, a lot about what it means to live a life well lived. Whenever I have a rough day, I think about her and want to slap myself silly. I think about how graceful, how kind, how happy and how much she was throughout her battle. She traveled the globe and the country with her family making beautiful memories. Even on her worst day, you wouldn’t have know it. She is and will forever be my hero.
Another glorious conversation I had confirmed convictions I have long held about someone. At this point in our lives, there are many experiences that we bring to the collective table. Sometimes in understanding those experiences, we can better understand our people and their concerns. I’m lucky that I can speak honestly and candidly at work without fear. This person is exactly who I thought he was and one the main reasons I cherish my current career. Leadership is about making the world a better place.