Certainly this is a time of year where you will expect a paragraph or two about being thankful. Well, those paragraphs are coming, be assured. In the meantime, let’s all take a step back and recognize that this is also a time of year when most of us are working hard and the stresses of year’s end begin to mingle with those of busy times.
Right now the remodel of the roastery has been in full swing for a couple weeks; everyone worked considerable hours today and over the weekend in production, order fulfillment, service, training, and sales; and we are officially peering over the edge into The Holiday Season.
During this time I would encourage you to go out of your way to be communicative and patient with those around you, whether in business or personal relationships. The times in the last day or so where someone has taken a moment to ask a meaningful question, actually listened to a response, or shared a smile instead of a blank expression have gone a long way with me.
I had better share a few photos or you may lose interest, I realize. Yesterday, I had breakfast with our dedicated delivery driver (actor, former school teacher, baseball enthusiast, and philosopher) Al, at Michael D’s Eatery in Coeur D’Alene. This place is a local legend for a reason. Their breakfasts are excellent, they know how to cook an egg, service is impeccable, and they have good coffee. Al makes fast friends with everyone I think and is well-suited for his role within DOMA. Even on the way out, before Al made it to his bike, three beautiful creatures were vying for his attention.
I took myself for a hike in the rain later in the day at Farragut State Park to work off the aforementioned breakfast. The solitude of a late autumn day is the imagery I’ll leave you with, that all of us might try our best to remain centered in turbulent times.