Thursday, December 24, 2009

Let's do it again!

In this time of Holiday Cheer, Dad is on my mind often. This was his time. Without fail he would travel the country visiting all his grandkids making it home in time to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with Cathy. He loved the entire effort that goes into making Christmas special. I think we all miss that right now.

I was going to continue my countdown of top 10 learnings/observations this year but I'm done. I've decided to focus on one and only one. To know my Dad was to know a guy that was on his game all the time. Only in the early morning hours before coffee was he not on his game. His game was good. He could be talking world Politics with one person and instantly change to talk to a 2 year old grand child at their level. He simply loved the interaction with people and he was outstanding at it. Asking more questions than giving answers. During the funeral something came up about him that I didn't know. It makes all the sense now and I think it's worth everything I've ever written about life. The story goes like this: Every night his head would hit the pillow with a thud, a sigh and an "I'm so tired" Pause and then like a kid he would say "I can't wait to wake up and do it again".
Let that sink in. I think it's the ultimate Win the Day effort. If you really put your best out there every day you should be able to hit the pillow so tired that sleeping is easy. But the sense that you want to get up and do it again before you ever go to sleep is special. You could look at it as though "Man, I'm never done" or you can simply look at it like Dad did. "That was a great day, I want to do it again". I think that's better than Win the day. That's Win The Day and be totally satisfied with the effort. That's Win The Day and wanting to do it again. That is something I want to strive for every day for the rest of my life. Thanks Dad, I love you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

It's a good life....