I sit up, stretch and give her a hug and hold her close.
That is not a bad way to start any morning and I get to do it more often than not.
There has been a lot of reflection happening here for me over the past few weeks.
Ever since I left YSN, I've been a bit lost. The fact that the talent, team and time was squandered has weighed heavier on me than I ever expected possible. Perhaps it as simple as I hadn't had a dream squashed in a long while?
Looking down the road there is plenty of unknown, but there are also ample opportunities.
Yesterday, the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board was announced and I couldn't be prouder to be surrounded by such a diverse and talented group of women.
Last night, during our Hockey Foundation board meeting, I got to see first hand the success of the latest trip. So happy to also learn that our 501c status is finalized so donations should be easier to get.
This weekend, Laura and I will be traveling south for me to speak at the first ever Turks and Caicos Social Business Summit. Unlike most speaking engagements where I'm surrounded by people I don't know, this time I get to share the stage with several dear friends.
A lot of friends have been asking me how I'm doing. The answer depends on the day, but all-in-all the answer is usually some form of "it could be better, but I have nothing to complain about."
That is what it all boils down to in my mind. With a loving, healthy family and a roof over our heads life is good.
We all know that things could be better. There could be more work, more in the checking account and more of whatever else you want on this day.
Humans always want more, but we also need to remember to be happy with what we have. Happy and appreciative of what is on the table before us instead of dreaming what may be in someone else's kitchen.
As I continue editing the GORUCK film I'm working on, I'm actively looking for other cause-based creative and community building work. There have been some amazing conversations with a variety of folks and I'm excited to take them beyond only discussions.
All it takes is one look at the smiles on my kid's faces or the love in my wife's eyes and I know that everything is going to be ok as I write the next chapter of my life and career.
This morning I woke up and got out of bed. Some days that is enough. That alone makes it a good day.
I have nothing to complain about.