Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 | 10 a.m.
Many of you know that I coach youth soccer. I love it, and the interaction with the kids keeps me feeling young. I think I get as much out of it as I give.
This past week one of the soccer players on the high school team on which I am an assistant coach passed away. He was diagnosed with lung cancer just a few months ago and we all believed this fine young man would pull through. Only 15 years old and he is gone. This hit me hard, as it did his teammates and friends. I cannot begin to fathom how his parents and younger brother are coping with their loss. Losing a child has got to be the toughest thing a parent can endure.
We take too many things for granted. The point was driven home to me last week. We take for granted that we will wake up tomorrow. We take for granted that we will have time tomorrow to do what we should do today. We take for granted that our children will grow up and outlive us. But one day, everything could change — and there is not much we can do about it. When that fateful day comes, it is too late.
The same thing happens with our business relationships. Sometimes we take for granted the fragility of the relationships between us and clients, between us and our co-workers, and between us and our business colleagues. But one day, things could change.
I advocate that we look in the mirror and put things in perspective. Reach out to those who you have been taking for granted. It doesn’t matter if it is our children, our spouses, our colleagues, friends and co-workers — reach out! Let them know you care! Make time for them. Enjoy your time with them. Because one day, everything could change.
Until next time ...
Dedicated to the memory of Kyler. Rest in Peace.