Culture

For Better or Worse, In Sickness and in Health

 

These past 11 days have been rather unique.  I recently had surgery on my hip… yes, I am 31 years old and had to get some work done on my right hip.  Even though it was outpatient surgery it still shook things up quite a bit.  I have been on crutches, unable to drive, limited in some of my functions and mobility, and have had to be far less active than I normally am.  Through all of these changes and issues, my wife has been a freaking beast and has killed it.

“For better or worse, in sickness and in health.”  Most of us whom are married have uttered these words, and over these past 11 days my wife has perfectly executed on them.  I am blown away at her level of service and how she so deeply cared for me.  She met my every need and then some. She was always there asking what I needed and offered up help and solutions to problems and wants I didn’t even know that I had

It’s in these inciting incidents, these moments of giant change, when we as people can really shine and make an impact, and that is what my wife did.  It has encouraged me to take my game up to 11 and serve her not because of what she has done for me, but because she is more than worth it.  When you are served and loved in this way, it only encourages you to do the same.  So please let this blog not only honor my wife, but be an encouragement to you to honor those words, “For better or worse, in sickness and in health.” Let this blog be an encouragement to look around you and serve well those that are in your life.

Who is in your life that you need to serve well, and how can you live it out today?

Community

Don’t Forget To Celebrate

 

Ceeeeeeeeeeeelebrate good times, COME ON!

If we want our businesses, teams and even our families to have a culture that doesn’t suck, we need to celebrate a little more often.  If we start to celebrate both the big and small victories more often, it starts to build unity and to create stronger bonds with those we work and do life with.

The other day my wife went to my sons parent teacher conference and she was blown away by what the teacher said. (Get ready for some proud parent bragging.)  Our son received glowing remarks in almost all his categories, was called advanced, and the teacher admitted that at times she runs out of activities to do because he whizzes right through them.  Plus, one of the teachers said, “He has my heart.”  I freakin love my son.

This parent teacher conference was on Wednesday, and so on Thursday when I picked him up from school, we went to a local artisan donut shop that is on our way home and picked out some donuts to celebrate. Now I am glad that we got some donuts to celebrate, but many times before and since we have devoured those delicious pastries from heaven we have made sure to tell our son how proud of him that we are and how awesome he is doing at school.  BUT, I have also been abundantly clear with him that as proud as Daddy is with him over this report, I am most proud of him because he is my son.  I want him to know without a shadow of a doubt that I love him and am proud regardless of his accomplishments.

If we want our businesses, teams, and families to have a culture that doesn’t suck, we need to celebrate the junk out of things.  Whether it is a big or small victory, we need to take the time to mention it to the person or persons who accomplished that task.  Forget the fact of whether you are in charge or not, take a moment out of your day, walk up to the person or persons, and say something.  Better yet, celebrate the junk out of that accomplishment because Lord knows we need more of that in our lives.

Who do you know that has done something big or small that you celebrate the junk out of something with?  Got that person in mind… now go ceeeeeeeeeeeeeeelebrate good times, COME ON!