Patience is defined as the state of endurance under difficult circumstances. Blah, Blah, Blah!!! I’m ready to move forward!!
Beautiful day so I decided to knock off a little early. Julie and the boys were at a “play-date” so I thought I would take advantage of the weather and split more wood – by now I probably have enough firewood to last us through 4 or 5 Atlanta winters.
Of course this provided me with a little Reflection Time. I received a thank you note today from a guy who interned with our company this past summer. This is a kid who lost his dad when he was 6 months old and mom when he was in high school, both tragically unexpected. Prior to his mom’s death he lived a life that I’ve only read about or seen in movies; there were times when they had no utilities and the only food in this growing boy’s body were those provided by his school. His mother worked 3-4 jobs as life continued to present them with challenges that would sink most. So one day over lunch I asked him how he managed to stay out of trouble and not get caught up in such readily available negative influences, his response – that wasn’t his focus. It was there, all around him, he easily could have taken another route and more than likely ended up being a statistic that we all pay little attention to on the nightly news, but that wasn’t his focus.
We’ve communicated a few times since he left to go back to school but this young man who is half my age left quite an impression on me. The odds were more than against him, life couldn’t have dealt him a worse hand but he never let that stand in his way. Today he’s a sophomore at Harvard and one of the standouts on their defense; one amazing and determined young man, a true inspiration.
Sort of puts life into perspective for me…Best of Luck Zach and Thank You!!