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.