Better Than I Deserve

My husband Ned and I have an extraordinary friend. He has a saying that seems especially apropos this week. When asked how he’s doing, he always responds with, “Better than I deserve.” I’ve heard him say it many times, yet each time, it delights me. With this gracious and humble mindset, it’s no wonder that my friend, an uber talented contractor/designer, is married to an equally talented, gracious and successful woman. They share a wonderful life together, inspiring everyone around them. As another of my dear friends is fond of saying, “You run with your own kind.”

Today is a good day for reflection on a few levels. I’m most certainly feeling “better than I deserve.”

For the last 10 years, I’ve been working towards the goal of one day becoming a CEO. Every career move I’ve made has been with that specific goal in mind. There have been curveballs, detours, wins, losses and lessons learned. But, through it all, I have pursued that goal with laser-like focus. And, I never stopped believing that if I kept working, it would happen one day.

I’m happy to report that today is my third “official” day on the job as President & CEO. It’s exhilarating and completely humbling. My colleagues inspire me. They’re smart, diligent and they each have stellar character. I’m energized when I think about all of the things we’ll accomplish together.

In my personal life, I have a lot for which I’m thankful. I have a loving and supportive husband who makes me laugh non-stop – often hysterically, like a 10 year-old. He’s the glue that holds our crazy, ever-changing life together.

I also have a slew of great friends who always seem to crop up at the times when I need them most. I can’t explain their timing, but I’m grateful for their presence in my life. They make me laugh, listen to my ups and downs, motivate me and…did I mention they make me laugh?

One of those friends is embroiled in a fight right now. It’s one that neither she nor anyone else deserves. She’s a remarkable person, a fiery pitbull who makes things happen – often against all odds. I recently learned that she’s battling an aggressive form of cancer. In true form, she’s applying her trademark tenacity and resolve to the challenge at hand. She inspires me and reminds me of what it really means to be tough.

I know this is supposed to be a leadership blog. And, it is. I’m a firm believer in reflection as a means to grow as a leader. It’s very easy to get caught up in the day to day: jobs, commutes, family obligations, etc. I’m especially guilty of getting wrapped up in daily anxieties. But, when I slow down a little and reflect, there’s a lot to put in the win column. I’m not religious, but I certainly feel blessed. I wish only the same for each of you!

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