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Soundtracks and Gratitude

When I was in big roles with bigger companies and sometimes (in the before times) working from home, the sound of my family playing together in the background would frustrate me. The ruckus, the yelling, even the loud outbursts of laughter. I was so immersed in the job, I would yell across the house for everyone to be quiet because I was trying to focus on something that “was really important!”

Except, it wasn’t that important. Not nearly as important as that gorgeous soundtrack of happiness, which, because of my own askew priorities, I couldn’t always hear clearly.

As I sit here this morning, listening to that same sound, it fills my heart. I’m so grateful to have my family here, safe and healthy, together. I am keenly aware many people are missing this, who perhaps cannot hear or see the gifts surrounding them in their own lives, or who have tragically or unjustly lost loved ones, soundtracks broken in untimely and unfair ways.

I have a big role now in a little company, (albeit a little company with big goals). We have challenges here and challenges ahead, but there are also so many gifts: the gift of being the decision-maker in how we can help others, the gift of time together—the gift of this soundtrack.

What are you listening to today? And, more importantly, how are you going to respond to what you’re hearing in your heart?

2 thoughts on “Soundtracks and Gratitude

  1. As your children grow, the laughter, the constant need for attention and your approval may change. Each stage of development has it’s own treasures that tend to be fleeting, so appreciate them while you can. I’d write a song about it, but Harry Chapin already did.

  2. My very favorite thing about my job is my office is next door to a preschool classroom. Children’s noises all day long. Many people come into my office and wonder how I can stand it. I don’t know. It soothes me and fills my heart with happiness. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your own soundtrack. 😊

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