As many obstacles encountered and overcome throughout the years, I truly have been blessed by many people in my lifetime. I recently was asked a question during an interview with a major global utility company, "During your life, if you could have "one" do-over, what would that be?" I thought WOW, what a great question. What would that one do-over be? It made me think about my past crossroads at that given moment. Yes, I thought about the many obstacles I've encountered, just by chance that I could have another stab at it to change the outcome in a positive way. Thoughts of the "how 'bout the time when..." ran across my mind at light speed. Then I had the realization that my life is filled with hills and valleys, even forks in the road. I am sure each one of us can think of some ourselves. I have been so fortunate to have the support of my family, faith, friends, and fellow collegues to be able to make solid decisions to overcome any "obstacle". I would not change any of them and truly believe that God is on my side to provide the loving support to overcome any challenge.
Many times, especially in today's age, it is so easy to forget those many people that have blessed me and provided support throughout my life. Also, I feel it is sometimes hard to take time to give back and provide support to others in need. I recently came across a quotation from Albert Einstein and posted it to LinkedIn, "The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive." Many times I have come to realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert "love" myself in order to give in return as much or even more than I have received.
In a couple weeks, I will be spending time with the poor. Providing blankets, pillows, dinner, and the necessary items for basic hygene at a local warming center. I will truly embrace the time with my fellowmen. At times, I wonder about the many roads that they have been on throughout their life. What hills, valleys, trials and tribulations that have been encountered. How their lives have persevered and overcome such challenges. What support network do they each have? Finaly, what would their answer be to the "one" do-over that would make a difference in their life.