Persistence – Turning What’s Abandoned Into a Beautiful Home

This week has raced by while the Microsoft whirlwind continues to build into Q2.  For guys like me, that means high stress every day, millions on the line for our customers, and Microsoft pushing what they may not need right now.  You can imagine that Fridays look better all the time.

While working at my desk this week, I was able to watch the neighbor’s home across the street getting a major landscape upgrade.  It’s the final piece of the puzzle being added after nearly three years which has seen the house go from being a mediocre rental property, an abandoned construction project with no roof, to a fully refurbished home mostly done by a couple of local handymen.

Witnessing the transformation has been a way to take the focus off work for a few minutes at a time.  Somehow, seeing the framers, the roofers, the painters complete their projects, and now the landscapers have helped to keep things in perspective for me both at home and at work.  I know, it probably seems like I’m a nosy neighbor (well, maybe a little bit), but knowing the work someone else is doing across the street is making that abandoned project better along with helping our home’s value increase, sort of worms my heart a bit.

As crazy as life can be for a lot of us, there’s always someone out there who has it worse than we do.  To see other people’s lives, grow and change for the better after being abandoned for the worse, is something worth watching.   It’s inspiring to see the result of hard work, dedication, and persistence through the tough times result in something others will admire.

Tonight here’s to persisting even when it’s tough.  Here’s to not giving up when the pressure is on and realizing that, as hard as we have it, there’s always someone out there who has it worse than we do.  Here’s to keeping our focus when everything seems to be going in different directions.  Most of all here’s to taking joy in other people’s success after they’ve been thrown to the side of the road.   They deserve our appreciation, encouragement, and admiration because when they make their lives better, ours improves too.

Love always….

Ms. Daisy

I never really considered myself as a ‘Dog person’, but over the past eighteen years of marriage to the Mrs. who helped bring dogs into my life, they have grown on me.  When I was little we had several dogs I’d loved but, over time, they either ran away or passed away.  Cats became the staple of our home and remained a part of my life for another twenty years after leaving home.

Today, we have three wonderful friends we share our home with; Rocky (a micro Yorkie and the oldest), Watson (a micro Schnauzer all white and a ball of love), and Daisy (the middle-aged girl and another micro Yorkie).  Tonight, I wanted to share a little bit about Daisy.

Too often in our American culture we tend to assign human attributes to our animals.  We talk to them like our kids (I’m guilty of this as well), we feed them food we shouldn’t, and even take them on planes with us.  The Mrs. and I are not as ‘extreme’ as some may be that way, but we do get them the custom sweaters to wear. There’s no plane trips, doggie carriage rides, or doggie harnesses to carry them around in, though.  We believe they are dogs and they should enjoy being dogs.

Still, even though they are dogs, they remind me of some of the best character traits humans can emulate. Traits like unconditional love, faithfulness, self-sacrifice, joy, loyalty, strength, fearlessness, and even compassion.  I know there are some out there who believe all a dog wants is food and attention, but having them in our lives for so long, I would say they truly do feel emotions.  Most of all, they know, feel, and show love.

Daisy is no different.  She is loyal, protective, strong, loving, sweet, determined, and sticks by me no matter how grumpy I may be that day.  She loves food a little too much, but we keep an eye on that too.  She’s the leader of the three dogs and faithfully sits by my side every night on the couch.  That’s her spot and that’s the way it’s going to be.

From the time she was a puppy, I bonded with Daisy.  She sensed it and bonded with me too.  She loves the Mrs., but she is definitely a daddy’s girl.  Many times, she has been there to help comfort my heart in times of sadness and there when I just needed a little attention.

Tonight, here’s to you Ms. Daisy.  We love you and I am so glad you are in our lives.  You bring joy and security to our home.  The love you feel as a little animal is something to admire and learn from.  We just hope we can be as loving to you as you are to us…

Love always…