This week is my Grandfather's 90th Birthday. He has been gone for 11 years, but I believe he is still developing me into what I am supposed to be. His leadership, love, and work is connected to any success you might see in me. The connected roots of our family is something each of us has, yet often times we don't embrace or admit it's a driving influence in our lives.
The roots of my family are strong. Roots that love. Roots that work and play hard. Roots that helped to build and develop the complicated person I look in the mirror at everyday. I realize everyone's roots are different. Your roots don't define you, but they are a part of each of us. Knowing and understanding how you are are connected can help us develop the branch that is our life.
I spent Memorial Day weekend with my family. As I breathed in the comfortable smells of my parents home, laughed and engaged with my siblings, and watched my children and nephews play childhood games together, I was reminded of my roots and this daunting thought: I don't only grow up, but am also growing down. I am my own person, but I am also a father, uncle, brother, son, and husband. Maybe now more than ever, I am planting my roots at the same time I am bearing fruit and leaves on my part of the tree.
We are SO MUCH BIGGER than OURSELVES. We, through the mundane and the extraordinary of each day are laying the foundation for strength, confidence, and success for not only ourselves, but those who share the nourishment of our roots.
Happy Birthday Grampy....thanks for helping shape me, nourish me, and develop me. You will continue to help me until I am unable to grow anymore. I can only hope the roots I am able to build now will help to bear fruit for generations to come.
Thanks for stopping by. These are my musings on a number of leadership thoughts. It is my joy to expound upon my experiences and values.