"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things!"
by Skip Cohen
Sunday Morning Reflections is always off the topic of business and marketing and often pretty random with what's running through my head. Add in the challenges of the pandemic, and suddenly things I'd rarely think about become relevant.
Everyone talks about how much the pandemic has created a greater appreciation for things we used to take for granted. Well, there you have it, my points this morning - friendships and cell phones!
For over a year, Sheila and I have stayed true to a policy of hunkering down. (God, how I've grown to hate those two words!) We haven't gone anywhere, not even for carry-out. Like so many of you, we miss our friends. As we countdown the days to the two-week wait period after getting our second vaccine, we've already made dinner and lunch plans for the weeks ahead.
One of the key things that kept us going over the last year was keeping in touch via the phone, which grew into Zoom, Facetime, and Skype.
For example, I had a great day yesterday with my good buddy Kevin Gilligan. We're doing a program together today for ClickCon Nation. It was initially to be presented LIVE on stage in Chicago. However, working with Kevin and catching up repeatedly during the day with text messages was the next best thing to a bro-hug.
My day ended with him and me doing a Zoom review of our program today, which ironically is about finding balance with all the different hats we each wear. But for me, while the purpose of our presentation is to help you stay focused on your dreams, the best thing for me is working on a project with a good friend.
And my love for my phone, even though it's not a "real" camera, came out of a picture I sent Kevin yesterday while Sheila and I were out doing a couple of errands with the pups. Lucy is a "wind-dog," while Belle is more timid, but that doesn't change her love to muscle in on whatever Lucy wants to see.
Remember, I warned you about the randomness of today's post - but it's all those little things I used to take for granted that have become more important.
All of us have friends we've missed, but have we done our best at keeping in touch? Do they know we miss them? Friendships aren't little things, but the pandemic has heightened my senses when it comes to keeping in touch. As a result, I'm more in tune than ever before over the role, so many of you play in giving my life more meaning.
To so many of you who have put up with my phone calls, texts, and messages over the last year - thank you for being there! And to Kevin - what a kick to consider you such a great friend - I've done a lot of workshops and programs over the years, but this one with you today is pretty special.
Wishing everybody a perfect day ahead! Make it one that's filled with appreciation for those special friends in your life, and share a few pictures here and there - even if they're only captured on your phone!
Happy Sunday...or Monday if you're hanging out on the other side of the world.
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