Twenty years ago I spotted a 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood for sale – it was a 62 Special. It was the pride of Detroit when it came out, but its best years had faded by the time I found it.
I restored it and drove it and had fun reliving the times of my youth when my Mom had one like it. I remember my Dad thinking at the time that I was crazy to take on a restoration job for something that he considered not altogether priceless. But I did and really loved that 62 Special. And as I celebrate my 62nd birthday this week I have a different perspective on what’s so special about that number.
In my 62 years I’ve done some things that have been special. Work is special: I believe I was born to be an HR guy, and the things I’ve been able to accomplish have been special. Helping people is special: helping people find satisfaction in their work and get ahead in their careers is pretty special. Music is special: singing harmonies with other sounds and feels special.
In my 62 years I’ve had some really special relationships. Family is special: Having lived and grown with those I love, I know how great it is to be around people who are so special. Friends are special: I’ve learned that it’s not the quantity but the quality, and I know it takes hard work to keep those relationships special. My wife is special: her caring, understanding, creative and loving companionship is always and ever so special. My daughter is special: while it always amazes me that we lived through it all, I know that those experiences make our relationship special. And last but certainly not least, my granddaughter is special: she reminds me of the fact that life and legacies are indeed special.
We all get so caught up in the things that are happening that we often lose sight of what’s important, and special. We keep searching for the next new thing and often overlook the things we have that are currently so special. And when we forget how special the people we love, and who love us, are, then we lose that special something that makes love so precious and memorable and worth living.
So as I look back over these 62 years, I am reminded of all that I have: not the material stuff, but the special people that are special to me. And as I spend this birthday with my granddaughter I realize how it all fits together: the yesterdays and todays always add to the richness of all the tomorrows. And that’s my 62 Special!
My message this week is about being involved enough to get the most out of life:
“Life may bring you to your knees; pray. Then GET UP and participate in the answer. BECOME the remedy! BE the solution!”
Steve Maraboli, Ph.D., has risen to international prominence as a recognized leader in business development, personal enhancement, peak performance and an authority on the human potential and organizational behavior.
If someone were to ask your supervisor or colleagues or family or friends whether you were part of the problem or the solution, what would they say? Think about it: when there’s a project, or a problem, or just your regular work – do you handle it maturely, and approach it with a positive outlook, and work well with others, and complete your work on time and to everyone’s satisfaction, and do you maintain your composure in the face of challenges? These are the kinds of things that people look for when you participate with them to get things done. Because working hard, caring about the outcomes, and being sensitive to and appreciative of the work of others improves how people work together? Life and work can bring us to our knees, but the people we want around us when that happens are those who become part of the remedy and the solution. Strive to be one of those people today!
PS: That’s 5-month old Olive wishing me a happy birthday.
Friday, October 5, 2012
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