Life is funny in that we can get so caught up in making a life that we forget to live. I'm a hard charger. If I want something to happen, I will move heaven and earth to see it happen. In business, I'm not a wandering generality. I am focused, determined and specific. I push the limits of my abilities until they either grow or throw me overboard, but then I climb back into the mix and push a little harder.
That's good when you're creating a business that is destined to be successful, but the downside of having a personality like mine is that it's easy to miss the sunrise and sunsets, the subtle breezes and the beauty along the way. As I've gotten older, and maybe it's an age thing, I realize that I need to pay attention to the wonder that's around me that isn't part of the expected.
Sure, I'll keep up with contracts, show houses, meet deadlines and do my fiduciary duty for my clients, but I will stop and pet a dog (Which I did Sunday. Meet Remi.) I'll anonymously pay for a serviceman or a first responder's meal. I will help a shopper load her groceries. I just helped a little lady (tiny) load 50 lb bags of dog food in her shopping cart. I could see her struggling, but she had managed to get two in there. I asked if I could help and she jumped at the chance. It made my day. I'll pay attention to the simplicity in the world around me. It's too easy in my hyper-active life to forget to live.
I recently made friends with a goat on a home inspection, and it was one of the most entertaining and joy filled points in my day. That crazy goat wanted her neck scratched and I was her go to person for that slice of life. On another visit, a dog wanted me to throw a frisbee for him. Glad to oblige.
Make sure that when you're grabbing for the brass ring in life that you don't miss the merry-go-round. Enjoy the ring, but most of all, enjoy the ride.