Retirement. . .

Not mine, of course, but rather my dad.  After 36 years, 3 months, some number of days, hours & minutes, today we honored him with a luncheon that included family, colleagues , and friends.  As a son, you look up to your father for the wisdom they provide, but not only is he my father, but he is also a friend and colleague. 

He helped me get my foot in the door at work and then said the rest is up to you – its what you make it to be.  You see, legacy, is so much more than just a word – it is an action – a living action.  He honored his workplace by going the distance – preparing the way for those who would come behind him – for living a life of integrity – these are living, breathing actions that demonstrate clear and consistent leadership.  His career was relationally based – it was a life he loved, may not have always liked, but loved. 

Tomorrow, he shuts the door on his career, and opens the next door that is laid out before him and the best part is. . .he leaves happy, under his own desires, with the full assurance that he gave a worthy & God-honoring performance.  Work is about so much more than papers and pens and meetings – its about building trust and garnering support, not for personal gain, but rather for the betterment of a team.

I hope that when it comes down to the end, and I am in the position that he was in today, that people would say the kind things about me like they did for him.  Thanks for leaving a legacy dad!  Enjoy retirement!

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