Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is upon us. It’s the holiday season, we’re just a couple of weeks away from a new year, and it’s a perfect time to reflect.
Reflection is a good thing, I’ve found. It’s been said that confession is good for the soul. I feel reflection is good for the soul, as well. Reflecting on loved ones and what they mean to me, on work, the people I work with, my priorities in 2018, those things I knocked out of the park, as well as things I could have done better. Since coming to Phoenix Construction, I’m spending more time reflecting on being grateful. I’ve always been grateful for health and well-being, but lately, I’m grateful for so much more. Want to reflect a while?
I’ll never forget Christmas of 2005. I was vice president in charge of marketing for a local bank. Our bank (not so small, we were a $2 billion bank with 500 employees) had just been purchased by banking giant, Compass. The week before Christmas, I was told that my services were no longer needed, since the new owners had a massive marketing department based in Georgia.
That evening, my wife and I were heading to dinner. I was expressing my frustration (rather loudly) asking, “what on earth could be worse than this, so close to Christmas!” It was at this point that she calmly turned to me and said, “well, how about, our daughter is pregnant.”
What!? I cut loose! What was God doing to me!? What in the Sam Hill had I done to deserve this kind of treatment? We reached the restaurant and were seated. From my vantage point I could see the entrance to the dining area. In the middle of my anger and frustration, a young couple walk in pushing a specially made stroller. In this stroller was the most beautiful little boy I’d seen up to that point. He was severely handicapped to the point where it was all he could do to take a breath. I saw his mom and dad tenderly and sweetly care for the child as they had their “date night” at El Fenix. I openly began to cry. I felt so ashamed. I was throwing my own pity party while God showed me I had so much to be grateful for.
I get emotional telling this story; it’s a constant reminder that we should all stop and take time to reflect on all that we have. Not material things, but all the blessings we see daily. By the way, 13 years later, I have two beautiful and healthy grandchildren. Thank you, God!
On behalf of everyone here at Phoenix Construction, may God bless you as He’s blessed us. Merry Christmas and Happy new year!
Be well and be grateful.
Dave Cowley is the Senior VP of Investor/Public Relations at Phoenix Construction.