Thoughts That Build – The Silver Linings of 2020: Gratitude

Well, year’s finally here and while 2020 is in the rearview mirror and it brought its fair share of challenges to all of our lives, I just wanted to take a few minutes to really reflect back over the last year and be grateful for a whole lot of experiences that I normally may not have, actually had a chance to experience. You know spending time with the family, my wife, my two-year-old. Now watching him grow even more, it was really a blessing for me you know. This past year taught me to be a lot more present in the moment and not stress all the time and just take a step back at times and reflect about everything that’s happened personally and professionally you know, as I mentioned on a professional level, looking back over the last eight years and you know seeing the ups the downs the sideways, steps we’ve taken over the years has been pretty fantastic to actually appreciate all that’s been accomplished.

When you’re on the grind in the daily grind it’s really hard sometimes to see what you’ve actually accomplished and where you’re going really, I was able to go back to the drawing board and you know figure out things that didn’t work and really refocus on some of the things that made me successful, made us successful, made the company successful, made the team successful and you know moving forward for 2021, you know I really want to focus on the things that you know come naturally to me. You know working with clients, with subcontractors, with trades, with suppliers you know working with them to really figure out what best works for them. In terms of cost, in terms of maintenance, in terms of long-term durability of products  you know. It’s been pretty fantastic you know, I ended up launching a podcast as well, which I’ve had tons of fun doing and you know I’ve met and taught and spoken to and talked to so many interesting people that are just pushing the boundaries of construction. Be it an operation sustainability thought whatever the case might be, it’s been really really fantastic that I’ve had those opportunities and and I’m hoping to continue on that.

This year another thing I really wanted to do is try to be more present in the moment, try to really be grateful for everything that happens you know every week. I’m going to start a journal and reflect back on the past week and recognize some of the things to be grateful for you know. Right now the three things I’m grateful for you know it’s my family it’s pretty obvious you know my two-year-old, he’s just a firecracker non-stop who knows where he gets that energy from you know. I’m grateful for you know the business that I have you know we’re doing some fun things, we’re working with some fun clients and in such a collaborative way it’s really phenomenal and the last thing is you know really to have more of an emphasis on a work-life balance. I think if this past year taught me something is there is a need to take a step back at times you know and just disengage completely. So here’s hoping for great 2021 and we’ll see where it goes from here.