The Importance of Personal and Professional Relationships

December 10, 2014

We are all nearing the end of 2014. It has been a tough one for Wendy and me, but at the same time, one of the richest in my memory.  

I lost both of my parents, but in the most merciful of ways. They had lived rich, full lives and were ready to go – to be together with new bodies to replace the old, worn out ones. Suffering was minimal, and we are left with warm memories and no regrets.  

Wendy and I were also in a horrible car accident. We survived with minor injuries. Our vehicle didn’t.

These and smaller bumps in the road bring my thoughts to thankfulness. The rain falls on everybody, but so does the sunshine. We have all had plenty of both. Life moves so fast. Technology is marching steadily forward in its quest to eliminate the need for human interaction. People disappoint us. Through it all, relationships are what constitute much of the sunshine and keep us going.

As I type this, I am looking out my window and thinking how thankful I am for family and friends. I can see houses of neighbors who we will be sharing treasured holiday times with over the next few weeks. I read emails of equally special friends and colleagues who we have spent time with in 2014, and look forward to more in 2015. Our business is well thanks to those of you who believe in what we do. During one of the last conversations I had with my dad, he said to thank all of you for championing his cause and caring for him as a person. Wendy and I feel the same way.

We are thankful that December slows down for most of us. Please take the extra time you have to build on your special relationships and forge new ones. I believe that many of the significant times of our lives go by without us realizing that we are in the midst of them. It is our hope that during the rest of this year and into 2015, you seek out those times – personally and professionally – and revel in and grow from them. We hope to see you in 2015!

Wendy and Jim

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