For many of us, birthdays are a time to reflect on the past, and refocus on the future. With that said, what I am going to write today is a little different that what you are used to reading here, and I hope that you will find value in it.
I got the idea for today’s post from Danny Iny over at Firepole Marketing. In his birthday message he wrote an “annual report” about what worked over the last year, what didn’t work, and what he was going to do better over the next year.
I decided to follow Danny’s lead and write my own “annual report” letter. So let’s get started with what worked well over the last year.
The past year has been a blessing to me. I’ve been blessed by many amazing individuals who inspire me on a daily basis, and I am thankful for each and every one of them.
My wife, Susan is my greatest blessing. I try hard to be a good husband, partner, and her best friend, and she makes this very easy by being understanding, supportive and forgiving.
I have also been blessed by my amazing daughter, Sarah, who I get to watch as she grows into an amazing young woman. Sarah, who turned 13 last week, helps me learn and grow every day.
I’ve been blessed with incredibly loving mom and mother-in-law, who have both always been there to offer wisdom during my struggles, and share in my success. I try hard to be both a good son and a good son-in-law. I try to spend time with each of them, at least once a week (which isn’t hard with one living 5 houses down the street and the other living less than two miles away). They are both very wise Christian women, and I have learned a lot from both of them.
Finally, I’ve been blessed by the amazing Live Your Life On Purpose Community. Live Your Life On Purpose is as much about my journey to find and live my life purpose, as it is to help you find and live yours. I am not an expert, I am just sharing what I have learned in an effort to help you live your life on purpose. This is our community and we can all learn from you and your experiences.
What I Could Have Done Better
While I am thankful for all of my blessings over the last year, there are many times when I stumbled, and fell short of expectations. While, I am not proud of my shortcomings, they offer me many opportunities for improvement over the next year.
There have been times when I fell short of being the husband that my wife deserves for me to be. Many times I failed to listen to her, hear what she was trying to communicate, or support her. Sometimes I am just not there when she needs me the most.
I have also failed to always be the dad that Sarah wants me to be. As with my wife, Susan, I don’t always listen, hear what she is trying to communicate, and support her in what she is trying to accomplish.
My mom has had a difficult year with the loss of my dad, and although I have tried, I have not spent as much time with her as I should have.
With the Living Your Life On Purpose Community, I have not always communicated as effectively as I should have, and not all of my communications have been as interesting and as informative as they could have been.
There many areas of my life that can use some improvement, and I will work harder over the next year to improve each one of them.
What I Can Do Better
Susan, I will work hard at being a better husband. I will listen more, try to understand what you are trying to communicate, and support you in any way that I can. I will schedule a weekly date (even if it is just a coffee date) so that we have the opportunity to reconnect on a weekly basis.
Sarah, I will take the time to listen, understand, and support your dreams and goals. I will be there when you need help, or just a hug, and will plan to spend some 1-on-1 time with you weekly.
Mom, I will work harder to be there when you need help, and make sure that we continue our family Sunday dinners.
Living Your Life On Purpose Community, I will be open, honest, and transparent as I share my journey with you. I will work hard to provide you with the tools and tips that I have found helpful, and that I think will help you on your journey.
With all of that said, I would like to ask you for one favor
Will you hold me accountable?
Will you help me keep my commitments? Will you let me know when I am not meeting your expectations? When I seem to be heading down the wrong path, or just not proving any value to you.
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