After a couple of long nights and days of working, I will be taking a few days off from pressure washing. I will however be working on a couple of important proposals. Tonight I will celebrate meeting the challenge of working so hard the last two days by running a 5K in Lafayette in a temperature of the low thirties. Isn’t it interesting that I choose another great challenge to celebrate meeting a previous difficult challenge. I think it is safe to say that I enjoy challenges. And so I offer my gratitude for the challenges in my life.
I must also give thanks to all my customers over the fifteen years I have been in business. Without customers I would not have a business; I would not have been able to live out the dream I had since I was a child. I owe a great deal of gratitude to family and friends also, both past and present. Some loaned me money; some offered moral support; some gave advice; and some motivated me. Without the support of friends and family, again I say, I would not have been able to attain my dream of owning my own business.
I must also thank my deceased grandfather who never knew that it was he who inspired me to want to be a business owner. He could not read or write, although he could sign his name, had limited math skills, and yet he was able to run a small, country grocery store. He also taught me that “hard work will never kill you”. Another important lesson I remember receiving from him in a very brief conversation was to not worry about what the other guy (the competition) is doing. Do what you want to do; worry only about yourself”. Of course I had no idea at the time what wonderful pearls of wisdom I was receiving. Thank you Paw Paw! Now you know, and so do I!
Most importantly, I want to thank God for everything: for the good and the bad, the black and the white, and the darkest night that can reveal the brightest stars. I thank God too for all of the gray in life, for it is in the gray that I have found balance, peace, forgiveness, healing, justice, closure, true love, joy, friendship, health, and wisdom. Glory and thanks be to God! Amen.
And Happy Thanksgiving to all! May blessings flow into your lives.