Sunday, April 15, 2012

Legacy

31 and 35 seem like such young ages to be pondering legacy but lately the question has been raised several times. 

An innocent conversation with a friend about interview questions made me start to really consider what I want our legacy to be.  Her intention was to identify how we wanted our business to grow and transfer to our children.  So many of the owners who she had spoken to previously mentioned that the business was their parents' legacy and that they were carrying that legacy on.  Although we will always strive to be progressive and create businesses that are attractive for long-term continuation to our children, if they are interested, I do not want the business to be our legacy.  If we focus solely on the success of our business, we could find ourselves chasing profits and missing opportunities.

Our businesses are an opportunity for us to foster awareness and change.  It is our responsibility to manage the businesses in a way that is successful while maintaining integrity and providing for the needs of our employees, customers, business partners, and the organizations we support.  Making use of our gifts and giving our time at work provides the funds for our ultimate goal of spreading the love of Christ.

I hope that our children will most remember that we worked hard and used our opportunities--time and money--to help others.  I hope that they will continue our lifestyle of giving, going and doing when called to serve. It may not always be our time or opportunity so we must take the chance to help others.  When it is our calling, the time spent going and doing is both grounding and life-changing. 

In All Times--Ut Prosim--That I May Serve!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Looking for the Ray of Sunshine

Potty training.  The torture of wet underwear, wet pants, and endless trips to the potty. 

I will admit outright that I will be somewhat whining in this post but I am truly trying to find the good in the situation.  I currently find myself spending extended periods of time sitting on a cold tile bathroom floor reading and rereading about Lightning McQueen and his friends.  I forgot how much potty training was really like parent training in the beginning.  None the less, here we are, day 2 with the knowledge that if I turn back it's not like he is going to do this by himself anytime soon. 

I am starting have flashbacks to potty training the girls.  The oldest was torture.  That first day was a nightmare--13 pairs of wet underwear and a mini chopper broken in frustration during dinner preparation.  The days got better and quickly we were done but those first couple days were hard.  I believe her brother will be very similar.  The middle was a breeze--she decided and it was done.   Oh how much I appreciate the middle child! 

As I sit here frustrated, wishing for more success, I am trying to find some positives for the experience because unless there is a plan we're not aware of, this will be our last round of potty training.
  • The ultimate goal of diaper freedom in our home!  No more diaper bags, dirty diapers, wipes, pungent diaper pails that always seem to be overflowing
  • Spending more time with my little boy.  Normally during the day, I work and he plays.  I am intentionally trying to work less these days because I know that I need to keep a close eye on his needs.  I can honestly say that I haven't read this many books to him in quite a while. 
  • Building confidence within my son.  Potty training is hard work.  It is a skill that has to be mastered.  This gives me the opportunity to teach him a difficult task in a way that builds his self confidence.  I need to remember this part as the days wear on and the wet diapers continue!
These are the days when the balance is hard and motherhood is exhausting.  Now, back to the potty--let's hope for success!