This past week I was reminded of a few things. We’re all so busy trying to make our businesses work and provide for our families, we tend to lose sight of what’s important. My son was very sick; he scared me, to be honest with you, as he’s only 9. My wife, being the professional in the house, remained calm. He’s fine now; it was just some type of virus. However, I will tell you seeing him looking so pathetic made me realize once again what’s important. Now, my job will be to stay focused on that, so I thought I’d write about it in hopes of helping you and, to be truthful, of teaching me as well. I learn a lot when I write; it seems the message sinks in deeper for me that way.

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The day after my son was pretty sick I got up and went to work. My wife said I couldn’t do anything and she would take Grant to the Doctor as soon as he woke up. So, I had a lot on my mind and went through the Starbucks drive-thru to get a lemonade, one of my pleasures in life. I’m not a coffee drinker….me on coffee….that’s a frightening thought. When I pulled up to the window, the lady said that the woman in front of me had paid for my Iced-Tea and told me she said to have a GREAT DAY. Wow…..I said to myself….”What a pick-me-up.” It made my morning, woke me up, and made me say, “I don’t have it so bad.” It is amazing what random acts of kindness like this can do for someone. There’s no way that lady knew I had a rough night and a lot on my mind and the love she showed for a stranger was awesome, to say the least. That night when I got home, my son was still sick, but better and acting a little more like himself. My daughter Lily who is 12 needed new basketball shoes, so I took her to the store to get a pair.

When we got to the store, her 12-year-old eyes lit up seeing all the shoes. As she looked at them and the prices, she picked a pair that she “really liked” and also picked a pair that was on sale. She tried them on; I saw the delight on her face and we made a purchase. As we walked out to the car, this little darling gave me a hug and said, “Thanks for the shoes, dad.” They were a $39.00 pair of shoes. We got in the car; she got them out of the box and admired them. When we got home, she put them on and proudly walked around the house in them. But, best of all, when her mom came home with our 14-year-old daughter, she had them on and showed them off to both of them. Look, I realize I need to get to the point. Here it is.

We all have a lot on our minds right now. We have an economy that continues to sputter. We have a world that seemingly can’t get along with each other as well as they should. We have a nation with a disaster in our Gulf of Mexico that will have a lasting impact. And we all are dealing with issues. But, at the end of the day, if we have our health, our families, our friends, and can slow down just enough to see what’s important, we’re all going to be just fine.

There is a recovery coming. I don’t know when it will get here but it’s coming. In the meantime, I’m going to work my tail off to improve Grunder Landscaping Company and help other entrepreneurs do the same for their operations. I’m going to have fun and I’m going to make sure the people I care about know I love them. I’m going to pay for someone’s coffee at Starbucks and look for other ways to help people see the good in all of us. I’m going to make sure I take time for my kids and my wife. And, most of all, I’m going to be grateful for what I have, not what I don’t have.

Have a GREAT WEEK! And how about all us who are reading this e-mail practice 1, just 1, random act of kindness this week. If we all do this, then thousands of people might turn their week, and maybe even their lives, around.

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