…and yet, I have reason to be thankful beyond measure.
I don’t remember the first few, but my most recent birthdays — especially this one — are notably poignant.
Sunday, November 9th, 2014 marked my 62nd year in this world, and never has it been impressed upon me more, the value of relationships. In fact, you could say it’s taken me 62 years to realize it.
As an introvert, I’d just as soon live in a cave or be a hermit. Luckily, I’ve chosen a very extroverted FIRST career, and a very gregarious SECOND career. While I count my voiceover friends among my most supportive relationships, I found hundreds of well-wishes on Sunday from:
- HS classmates
- college roommates
- old broadcast friends
- people I’m not sure I know
- social media mentors
- people I don’t know from Mumbai
- sons and daughters of friends
…and on and on. I won’t bore you, ’cause y’all have birthdays of your own to remind you how much you mean to others.
Yup, on balance it matters not how much you earn, what you own, the number of trophies on your wall, or the title you carry… what matters most are the relationships you curry, and the way you treat others.
Believe me, your clients will appreciate that you deal with them this way, too!
The picture? Sent to me from an old classmate at Univ of Illinois. My guess it was taken sometime in the mid-70’s on the occasion of one of my visits to Mardi Gras. We’re still friends. Sometime he’s worked at the friendship harder than I have, but it means the world to me that he still remembers me on my birthday.
To all those who did the same, my heartfelt thanks!!!