"The love we have for each other seems to outweigh what we do to each other." - Snoop Dogg, Ups & Downs
I'm staring at this screen trying to reconcile all the feelings I have about this week. I turned 36 yesterday and got to spend it with my friends and The Lady. I started the week in Austin, one of my favorite cities in the country with many of my favorite people in what has become the incredibly overwhelming (and not really in a good way) SXSW. I got to do something I haven't really done since I left BMP 6 years ago: work a video shoot. And, I was reminded late in the week what's so special about the place where I work and get excited by what's to come.
But getting to tonight was rough. We're saying goodbye to a lot of co-workers and friends at work this week. The best boss I've ever had has decided to move on to new adventures. And so, on Wednesday, I had a real sad. Like a down in the dumps, woe is me, mopey mope sad face situation.
However excited I am about the future, professionally and personally, there are people who I've succeeded and failed with over the years that aren't going to be there on a day to day basis soon. And they are great folks. They have all treated me with great kindness and I've enjoyed working with them so much.
So, as I look ahead, I'm making my own commitment to pay that forward. To be kind and compassionate to all those I work with. To listen more than I tell. To create an atmosphere of teamwork, collaboration, candor, and creativity.
To give us all the best opportunity to kick ass.
Because once you're down, the only way to go is up.
The Week in Review
- The Best Thing I Saw This Week: I started watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix Instant yesterday and I'm already hooked. 10 episodes over a 24 hour period. Go Panthers!
- The Best Thing I Heard This Week: Rebirth Brass Band's latest album Rebirth of New Orleans.
- The Best Thing I Read This Week: I'm reading The City & The City right now and...I'm still trying to wrap my head around the concept.
- The Thing I Read This Week That Most Resonated:
Phone calls are rude. Intrusive. Awkward. “Thank you for noticing something that millions of people have failed to notice since the invention of the telephone until just now,” Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners, said by way of opening our phone conversation. “I’ve been hammering away at this for decades. The telephone has a very rude propensity to interrupt people.