December – There’s a lot riding on my back!
When I was young, I remember sneaking downstairs at 3 o’clock in the morning, probably just after my parents had spent hours wrapping and putting together presents to make Christmas morning special for my sisters and I. I was the boy who would pull out my stocking and ever
so carefully go through everything that Santa had packed in it. I would put everything back and I would creep back upstairs as quietly as a mouse and attempt to go back to bed for another few hours. I would rarely make it to 6 am before giving in to my Christmas longings and I would wake up my younger sisters. I would carry them down the stairs on my back to the family room full of gifts where screeches of excitement could be heard, along with many exclamations of “Oh my goodness, look what I got!” Our laughter would vibrate the family room ceiling and would become loud enough to stir my parents out of bed as their room was right above the family room. After only 3 hours of sleep, they would come downstairs reluctantly to join us in the Christmas morning festivities.
Fast forward to today, I was reflecting on those memories of carrying my sisters on my back down the stairs and seeing their faces light up on Christmas morning. That memory kind of reminded me of my career today. Now, you’ll be happy to know that I’m not carrying my customers on my back, but my job allows me the opportunity to see many people each week, all of whom are living with a disability to one extent or the other. I have the honor of stepping into someone’s life for a brief moment to help them develop a barrier free solution for their home that will provide them a gift of freedom and independence; to better navigate their bathroom, their bedroom, getting up and down stairways, or entering or exiting their home. Now, improving their home environment will not heal them or take away their disability, but seeing their face light up with a smile and knowing that I was a small part of a solution that will improve their lives for years to come has to rank up there as some of my fondest memories that have been made over my career.
As we all finish our shopping this holiday season and 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to personally take a moment to thank each and every one of you for a great 2017 and for the many, many blessings I receive working with you, and our customers and their families.
I hope and pray 2018 will be successful and filled with many blessings for you and your family!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”