This is a great industry for making lasting friendships. First, there's the common interest in imaging and everyone's mutual love for the craft. Second, so many of us have multiple companies we've worked for in the past, and with each new career path another circle of friends and associates have come into our lives. The longer you're in this industry the more those circles start to overlap like the Olympic rings! Third, we all go to the same conventions, workshops and rubber chicken dinners! Every year there are opportunities to connect face to face.
Last but not least, social media has changed our lives. For me it's become the mortar that holds us together. It's the way we keep track of many of the ups and downs in each other's lives. As sappy as it might sound, it's also the way we laugh and cry together when we're thousands of miles apart.
A few years ago we started a "Friend Wall." It all started after a trip to AZ and staying with Michele Celentano,and her husband Paul for a few days. When we got home we started a new tradition - a grab shot with close friends when we're together. The wall has become a daily reminder of how lucky we are and brings back a lot of smiles.
And there's my entire point this Sunday morning. It's our friends, both old ones and new ones we make along the way who give our lives a better sense of purpose!
So, on this beautiful crisp morning in south Florida, I'm wishing you a perfect Sunday. A day filled with the time you need to remind a few good friends how much you love having them in your life, and time to kick back and smile with a big stupid grin like Alfred E. Neuman. Don't worry about work today - it'll all be there tomorrow. Hug whoever's near you right now and make it a day to remember - not because you have to do anything exciting but because you're taking the time to appreciate everything in your life right now!