A few months ago a local landscaper, he may have been close to eighty years old, passed away. He was still actively working his craft. Lawn care and shrubs were his specialty. He was once heard to say, a few weeks before his death, if he stopped working he would probably die within a few weeks.
For me I miss waving to him and getting a wave back as I would often see his truck around town in various neighborhoods or riding his power mower across someone’s lawn he was caring for.
If you go to workout at a local fitness center each day – you get to know the workout routines of the regulars. In fact, everyone has their favorite machine and with the early crowd it is almost like clock work as people move from one location within the gym to the next almost on a schedule. You get to know and chat with the desk workers and other people who work at the facility.
Here is a news story about one of the regular desk people from a facility here in CT –
BRIDGEPORT — A 24 year-old Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon when another vehicle moved into her lane on I-95, striking the side of her car and sending it into the concrete barrier.
Jackson had been driving her Toyota Camry in the right lane on the southbound side of I-95 near Exit 29 when a Mitsubishi being driven by Livis Rodriguez, 26, of Lawrence, Mass. clipped the left passenger door, causing Jackson to swerve, crossing three travel lanes and striking the concrete barrier on the median, State Police said.
Rodriguez and her three passengers were not injured.
The accident remains under investigation.
(from a posting by the CTPost.com )
For me I miss Akhailia’s beautiful smile and the new hairdo she would have each week.
Ok, stop with the bad news Mitch – Please!
Here is the thing, any day, without any notice, anything may happen to you or to the ones you cherish and love. This is where everyone says – “We know Mitch!”
Ok, cool, and…
Do we change our behavior and give out hugs and actually state our love to those we love each day?
Do we change our behavior and not worry about the small stuff anymore?
Do we change our behavior and consider what we are doing each day to impact others in a meaningful way?
How about the people we work with on a daily basis? The person in the office who is always miserable – when is the last time you said hello to them or spoke with them about their family?
When is the last time you spoke with one of your clients or customers about their personal life? Checked in on how they are doing in their lives?
If you work in a building do you know the names of the people who work the security desk and the cleaning crew who show up every evening?
How about your family? Do you and your wife and children ever sit down and have dinner together with no devices on – no cell – no laptop – no music – zero devices, only good old conversation? When is the last time you sat with one child and only the two of you had a conversation?
What about the world around you?
Is there anything intentional you are doing to make the world a better place?
Of course this seems too big to tackle and it is – however – start with one place or with one thing – the point is why not start?
By the way, this is not to wish anyone ill will or telling you in anyway your time is almost up. The point is, what if it is?
Mitch Tublin has traveled to Guatemala and to Paraguay paying his own airfare, food and hotel costs for a week in each location in order to train local people on transformational leadership – values based leadership. This was accomplished by facilitating RoundTables with a translator by his side. Would you, your company or organization be interested in hearing this story? Contact Mitch’s Team here to book him to speak.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, trainer and speaker based in Stamford, CT.