I get swept away easily in my work, day to day life and my passion for understanding this longing for connection and connecting between people in the community. What I must be mindful of always, is that the most important connections we have are with those closest to us…our families. In my case, it is a ‘typical’ family, a beautiful wife Jody, amazing daughter Rhiannon, hilarious son Kade and my unborn baby Eliot (due in February). For others, family may not look like this ‘typical’ set up, as their exists countless, beautifully diverse variations on what makes a family. Everyone knows who there family is, however, and it is paramount that we are connected with them, appreciate them and love them for all they are and do for us.
In my particular situation, my family supports my atypical work schedule. I bounce from day to day with varying long and unpredictable hours. On top of this, I travel for work, a piece I truly love as I get to share and learn with people all over the world, yet it puts stress on those I’m closest to. So in this space today, I want to say thank you to my core support group. Jody, specifically, understands me on a level nobody else does.
She bears the brunt of my work load, and does so with exceptional grace. I find myself wondering how I’d be if the shoe were on the other foot. She supports my ideas, my passions, my projects and buys into immersing our family into this practice of welcoming and connection with all people involved in our lives. I am overwhelmed by her.
As for Rhiannon, Kade and Eliot, my hope is that as they grow and begin to understand what daddy is doing whilst at work and on the road…that they embrace my belief that our communities, our neighborhoods, truly are better together.
I hope that they grow up understanding that everything I do is made possible by their love and that in turn, I am living my life for them. I hope that whatever path they choose to walk, that it is rooted in this belief that all people need connection with others and that they value the good in all people.
Today I reflect about my family and I am filled with gratitude. Thank you Jody. Thank you Rhiannon. Thank you Kade. Thank you Eliot. I am able to chase my dreams, my vision for our life, because my core family loves and supports me. They are the seeds to my growth, and in return I must be mindful to water them always.