Have you ever had one of those days that, no matter how hard you tried, the day just sucked anyway? Yep, that's today for me...
It wasn't but a couple of weeks ago that we lost a co-worker.. Tom, head of our catalog marketing. He and his wife Rebecca have more talent in their little fingers than anyone I will ever have the privilege to meet (http://rebeccazook.blogspot.com). Took the wind out of our sails...
Now today we lost another. A man that I had a great deal of respect for. A man who could cuss you and charm you all in the same breath.. Most people here were scared of Larry, he headed the finance end of our corporate office. At least those downstairs here (us peons) were anyway.. I never was. The first time he yelled at me, I gave it right back too him.. he just smiled. We never got cross ways again. After Larry had his stroke a few years back, it slowed him down physically but not mentally. He could pull numbers right off the top of his head and they were the right numbers...We were always leaving at the same time and we would joke about having a foot race... He always won by the way :-)
Larry put off retiring. He wanted to wait until his wife was old enough to draw her benefits and then they would retire together. He never got that far. He literally worked right up until he died. He was waving at us girls just yesterday, as he was driving out of the parking lot.
I learned a lot from Larry, maybe we will just call this another lesson learned. Maybe the most important lesson. I, for one, refuse to work right up until the end. Enjoy what you have, when you can. Never, ever put off your own happiness. Things will take care of themselves if you just have a little faith. If you get your ducks in a row, before it's "your time"... you will be fine. You might not be Bill Gates wealthy, but if your bills are paid and you have a roof and food... what the hell more could you want?
Wait... damnit! That is the same life lesson I learned from my daddy (miss you and love you lots)..!
Life is too damn short to work yourself to death or to be unhappy.