A Season for Reflection
Published on: Saturday, December 19th, 2015
This year has been one of soul searching for me. Amid the national stories of violence and the seemingly intractable problems abroad I have come to a conclusion. My conclusion is that the only thing that we really have control over, and that really matters is how we treat our fellow human beings.You all do such a good job at being good people and making the world a better place. I just wanted to take a second delineate the ways you all inspire me to be a better person through your strengths and gifts.Wilfred. Being greeted by you in the morning is a privileged. I am not being gratuitous when I say that, because your cheerfulness is contagious and brings me joy that improves the remainder of my day. You remind me that kindness doesn’t cost a dime, but improves the world around us.Tom. You have a teacher’s heart. You inspire me to teach my children in a patient, quiet way and inspire me to be a better parent.This week I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Christina and Armando treat people with mental disabilities with respect and dignity which was touching. It made me proud of the work we do. We provide housing to people from all walks of life and we treat ALL people in a kind, generous manner.Watching Ed and Trig work their tails off at Legacy with precision and excellence has been a reminder that a job worth doing is worth doing well. We have truly talented craftsman here who take pride in their work and that is a service to others. You guys reminding me that skill and attention to detail matter.I had the pleasure of watching Steven make Christina lunch and bring it to her when she was having an especially busy day. Acts of service to one another matter and inspire me to do more of it myself. I have been the recipient of such kindness when I was having an especially epic bad day where I just couldn’t take it anymore. Who had my back? Christina, Britney and Doug. They all covered for me, and took time out of their busy schedules to make sure I was doing okay.Sometimes its difficult to see how the work we do matters when we are swamped in emails, working on a small project or we’re spent from dealing with difficult people. But we have to remember that we have an important mission. We provide safe and quality housing which is a fundamental human need. Not only do you all do your part in that greater mission, but you do so with integrity. And you do it while treating people well. In the end, when you take away the noise and the distraction- that is all that matters. I am grateful to call you all, who do this so well, friends and colleagues. You are my inspiration to be better everyday. Thank you for being wonderful and happy holidays!