To everything, there is a season. To everything there is a beginning, a
middle and an end. And the end is a harbinger of the beginning to come,
renewing the cycle.
So it is with families; so it is with The Firm, so it is with Life.
Summer is intended to be a down time, a reflecting time, a time to recharge
our energies required through the rest of the year. Rarely, if ever since
my childhood, has my family followed this sage advice. I can't say
that we accomplished that this summer, but this week we are certainly
making a dent in it.
Summer started well intentioned enough, travel galore but all of it work
connected and work immersed. We travelled with the kids but the time together
had to be scheduled to happen.
Summer started well intentioned enough, a concious change of attitude,
heralding in a more relaxed approach to saving the world, one family at
a time. But that new-found attitude was quickly and continuously challenged
with the unrelenting demands of running a large firm with huge responsibilites
for 30 plus families within the firm and hundred plus families that we
serve at any given time.
Summer started well intentioned enough, a committment to return to music,
gardening and meditation. The guitar was heard again throughout the house,
the grounds brought a bit more into shape and the floor saw a tad more
of me in the quiet hours. But the best laid plans...
All of it led up to this week, this week of down time, this week reserved
on our calendar as if it were holy. This is a week of a different kind
of work, work devoted to giving space, space to be (and perhaps not to
do), space to explore (and perhaps not to analyze) and space to feel (and
perhaps not to critique). This was our week of down time.
By personal report and by all appearances, my famiy is using this time well.
As is always true as this time of the year draws to a close, the families
we serve are using this time well to re-examine, re-adjust and re-organize
The Firm is also going through a transition, jettisoning some, gaining
others, re-visioning our mission to serve intelligently, strategically
And Life, ever abundant, absolutely undeniable, crashes in upon our shores
like the constancy of waves, wraps us tightly like a warm blanket on a
cold night, and demands our attention and service like a bonfire consuming
every piece of tinder.
That force is a constant. Our immersion in it is unavoidable. But our consumption
by it must be tempered by the change of the seasons, lest we lose our way.
For it is only by having a down time that we can have an up time. With
no down time, our ups become more plains than peaks. And Life is seldom,
solely a flatland.
This is the season then, this is the week for my downtime.
Next week is a different story...