Today has been one heck of a great day. Seriously, I’ve smiled and laughed, I’ve had time in thought, and I’ve been moved to tears. To quote the great speech by Jim Valvano:
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
It has been a full day, one that I am incredibly thankful to have had and to have shared with so many friends. Days like this are reminders to me of how blessed my life is, and how thankful for all that The Big Man Upstairs has provided.
There was time with my family as I got ready to head out of town. We joked around, enjoyed each other’s company, and had got our hugs and “I love you’s” in.
The ride in to the office and up to Minneapolis were bonding time with my team, a chance to set aside the concept of “work” and just shoot the bull for a while. We all got to know and appreciate each other a little better.
Upon getting to Sales Summit it was a steady stream of handshakes and hugs with Express friends. Sharing of smiles, laughter, and stories. Some work related, some not. It always has the feel of going to the family reunion that you’ve been longing to attend, the one with the crazy relatives that get you in a way that is unique and special.
Having conversations in between speakers and classes led to incredible moments that I’m so grateful for. From one former team member who’s back with the Express family I learned of how she got into mud runs after a conversation she and I had many years ago. That warmed my heart and I fought hard to not let the awesome leak out of my eyes.
Our keynote speaker was lights out and helped us all remember just how blessed we are to have what we have and to find ways to make the world a better place for everyone. A story of love, civil war, refugees, and a simple idea that’s had an incredible impact. What an inspiration for all of us to look at the world a little differently. As the day has gone on I’ve continued to think on that – how could I change the world? What am I not seeing that’s right in front of my eyes that I should be doing to help others more? Great food for thought…
My teams have been busting their asses over the past year to help us grow. They’ve been focused, determined. Each of them has shown over and over again how they live to our values of Grit, Growth Mindset, and Do Right. From this hard work they were able to experience an extra special taste of success – winning awards with their peers. We won several awards and there were smiles all around. I am so proud of all that they’ve accomplished, for all that they’ve grown, and for all of the future successes that they will continue to have. Being able to be a small part of their success is one of the absolute most rewarding feelings I’ve experienced in my professional career. I love them all and am so grateful for each of them.
As I wrap up the day and prep for bed (I’ve got an 8am presentation and will get one more practice run in at 6:30am) I reflect on today with misty eyes. I’ve laughed, I’ve thought, and I’ve had my emotions moved to tears. It’s been one heck of a day. Thank you to each and every single person who made this day memorable.