I hope you enjoy this time of year as we officially head into the holiday season and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
It is hard for me to believe that we are just weeks away from entering 2020! I still remember the fear of what Y2K was going to bring to us twenty years ago-LOL-and now here we are, a full generation later (in fact, some of you reading this probably have no idea what Y2K was-☺) and we just keep moving forward.
Sadly, I woke up recently to see that one of my wife Sandi and my classmates from West Orange High School back in 1979 passed away from a heart attack. It was a sober reminder that every day is a gift and a bigger reminder that sometimes all of us get so caught up in the stuff that seems "important" that we miss the beauty of each and every day as we race from this thing to the next.
I have been all over the place the past few weeks, while fighting off bronchitis with antibiotics, steroids, cough syrup and cough drops, just trying to survive. It's easy to get off track when you don't feel well and you have a thousand things to do-both at work and at home.
Luckily for me, I am married to a wonderful woman who helps restore balance to the force for me.
So last week, we finally got our new couch. This is the one we had planned to get back in the spring when we moved back into our remodeled house. That was before the tough journey with my father-in-law began.
Then, last weekend, while trying to get some home projects done and before getting ready to go to a wonderful birthday party, Sandi said, "Stop! Let's try out the new couch for real."
So she got on her side, the side with the chaise lounge, and I laid my head down on the opposite side of the couch and stretched out and before we knew it, we were both asleep! It was a beautiful thing and a reminder that it's ok to take time to just be.
I hope that in the craziness of the weeks ahead that you stop every now and then and take time for you. Maybe it's as simple as a nap, or a trip to a good movie or just a walk in the woods.
Whatever it is, do it. Do it for you and do it for the ones you love.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for Changing Lives Through Education and for being a part of our CTE Family. What you do for others is second to none-over the next few weeks, make sure to do some of that for yourself!
Have a great CTE Month, Mike.
It's the simple things....