This week I’ll be going to Anaheim to attend The National Speakers Association Convention. Shon and the kids will be joining me on Friday. My plan is to combine business with pleasure – our last vacation for the summer! Much is planned from dawn to dusk for the kids, including Disneyland. They have been quite emphatic that I tag along. I have finally realized the reason for their insistence - they can go right to the front of the line for all the rides when accompanied with someone in a wheelchair!!
I will be used – but that is ok with me!! They NEED me!! Ok – they need my chair!! No matter. I’ll be with them – that’s the important thing.
As happy as I am about spending five days with my family, I am also looking forward to the convention, as I will reconnect with several colleagues and friends. I hope to make new acquaintances as well and I plan to attend classes and seminars, in hopes of learning new leadership skills that will help promote my company.
I consider my family my most cherished possession. Unfortunately, with today’s high-pressure lifestyle, most of our time is spent working, providing for our families. It leaves little time for the entire family to get together. That is why this up-coming week is so important. A family vacation is the answer for us. My family is my source of stability, security and happiness. We nurture, love and support each other. Spending time with them brings us closer and gives us all memories that will linger for years to come.
We all need recreation. I’m not talking about sitting in front of the television – I am talking about doing activities with your family – hiking, swimming, fishing, and board games. Eating together and just talking with each other. What can be better than spending time with those you love?
I always try to put emphasis on the quality of time I have with them, rather than quantity. Not just because of what I do for a living, but because time with them is precious. Once the day is gone, it is gone. We can’t get yesterday back. We have today and we can hope for tomorrows…..so make the most of your time today with those you care about.
When I look at my family, I see loved ones who belong to me and to each other. I see my past, the present and the future. Someone once said that family is like an octopus whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever wish to. I couldn’t agree more. Life is good.