When we think about February, our minds go immediately to Valentine’s Day. Right? You’re thinking one of two things: “I’m so in love and I want to make this the most romantic day/eve of the year so far,” or “Oh, no! Is it Valentine’s Day again?”
When I think of love, I think of the many amazing relationships in my life today – incredible friends, beyond incredible family. And, I think of those who have come before to help me become the person I am today. I’m so grateful to every single one. You know who you are.
I remember standing on a wooden stool in my grandfather’s pharmacy, barely tall enough to reach the cash register, as he showed me how to make change for a customer purchase. By the time I was seven, he paid me “one of each” — one penny, one nickel, one dime and one quarter — $.41 for a day’s work. In the years to come, I learned what it meant to be an independent business owner as I watched my grandfather manage employee issues, interview, hire, fire, care for customer needs, provide special services and always go above and beyond.
I counted inventory, arranged and rearranged items on the shelves, wrapped gifts (my personal fave) and filled in the candy stand. “These are skills you will use forever, no matter what you choose to do,” he would tell me. He was right. Our close relationship and everything I learned from watching and doing provided a foundation for my future in business.
My grandfather is one example of a Propeller in my life. Your propellers are those people whose ideas, encouragement and example moved you in some significant way toward the achievement of your dreams and, ultimately, your personal best. Propellers are a lot like your “Magic Outfits.” They serve you. They make you strong. They inspire and support you. When you’re with them, you know everything is possible. With them by your side in-person or in-spirit, your very best qualities come shining through.
Perhaps, this is the perfect time to re-frame the meaning of Valentine’s Day. Just perhaps, now is the perfect time to celebrate the love and gratitude you have deep inside for those special people who have propelled you to your very best. Fall in love with them and yourself, today!
Who propelled you to where you are today? Who propels you today into your future?
You know I love to hear from you.
Until next time, be nice to your self,