Inspiration comes unexpectedly. Have you ever noticed? You get so caught up in your world that you can develop tunnel vision, especially if you work in a literal tunnel of shipping containers.
Like a lot of people, it's easy for me to get bogged down in the day-to-day operations of the business. Each day, I eagerly put my nose to the grind stone for an endless series of portable-storage marketing, website-developing-for-better-storage-container-viewing, boxpert-equiping, shipping-container-transforming - and more. At the end of a long day, nose comes up and I take deep breath. The next morning, another deep breath, nose back down and repeat the never-ending list of to-dos. Over and over, day to day.
Then, November 5. Fort Hood. Nose comes up, grindstone put aside.
As the terrible news unfolded, I was stuck, overcome by pensive grief and reflection. My long list of tasks to accomplish fell a distant second to giving pause.
I called a couple of military customers Falcon serves to offer support, condolences, a listening ear and anything else I could think of; however, I really didn't know how to help. There was no list of to-dos for something like this. Besides the phone calls, I did the only other two things I could think of to offer respect: pray and reflect.
After spending some time in prayer, I considered all that these valiant men and women go through. What it must be like to live a tightrope of service and sacrifice. I have always had a hero-like respect for anyone who has ever worn the uniform. But after the tragedy on November 5, my respect turned inspiration is out of the park.
Now, my nose is back to the grindstone. But as my head is bowed down while I feverishly work, the respect and inspiration is an even stronger motivation for what I do. I can own and work on a thriving small business because of those at Fort Hood, and the rest who are stationed all over the country and world. I OWE it to each of them to work as hard as I can. And I will.
So pardon me. With head bowed, my nose needs to get back to its grindstone.