March 2020: President’s Note

In looking for inspiration (or trying to get this done efficiently…) I looked back to the 2013 March headlight and found this article which actually resonates very well again today. Seven years ago seems like a lifetime away and it nearly is for my daughter. Now we’re off skiing through the woods and exploring all kinds of new places around home and the states. Wouldn’t be able to do that without staring somewhere. No matter what the obstacle, just keep going. You got this.

Enjoy from March 2013:

One foot in front of the other.

Most days when I get home from work, the first face I see is my baby girl’s. She’s bouncing on her diaper butt on the floor cooing for me to pick her up or wrestle with her on the floor. Many times I’ll just hold out one finger from each hand so she can reach up, grab them like handlebars and pull herself up. Then off we go through the house. She spends a lot of time looking down at her feet and make sure one is keeping up with the other.

I can remember thinking when I was about 9 years old how I would never forget what it was like to be a kid. I probably was thinking this because I watched my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and teachers working feverishly all the time. Now I see myself, my friends, and my family running hard. We get overwhelmed with phone calls, emails, deadlines, and text messages. We work to maintain our homes, cars, yards, bodies, businesses, relationships, communities, and families. It can be hard to prioritize all the things competing for our attention but they all need our attention. Stop, focus, and put one foot in front of the other.

Now I have older family that require a lot of care and attention. They’ve left the worrying about emails and phone calls, text messages, and appointments to me. Now they’re most concerned about getting in and out of bed on time and when dinner is going to be served. No more yard work, changing the oil, or conference calls. Most importantly, they need to be sure to have a firm grasp on where they’re going ( however long or short the journey) and that one foot goes in front of the other.

I guess where I’m going with this is that no matter your age or objective, you can take on challenges by breaking them down and completing them step-by-step. Working in transportation, we especially get inundated with late requests, changes, rushed deadlines, and new challenges on a daily basis. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, regroup and put one foot in front of the other. It sure beats falling on your face, just ask Lydia.