So while I was at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, working with the best tech marketing team ever placed upon God's green Earth, my amazing wife was holding down the fort back home... which included a very scary trip to the emergency room with SamWow. For those of you who have read this blog in the past or follow me on Twitter, you know how... um... "high spirited" SamWow can be. So I can't imagine Wifer's stress level as she learned he was going to need a CT scan.
All is well with SamWow, thanks to great medical care and - more importantly - to a loving family. My daughter and my oldest son stepped-up their game BIG TIME, including my son volunteering to cook dinner for the family on Sunday night because Wifer was exhausted after dealing with the stress of the day. As a Dad, it's incredible to see my kids kick it into high gear when the family really needs them. I also caught a glimpse into the type of man my teenager will become and it literally brings a tear to my eye.
Meanwhile, as soon as my team learned about the goings-on back home, they jumped into 'Plan B' mode to see who could fill my slots on the agenda should I need to hop an early flight. Despite the fact that I was on stage (literally) for much of the two-day event, followed by leading a very important day-long industry analyst meeting on Wednesday, my CEO's first comment after learning the news was: "if your family needs you, you go home... no arguments... we'll figure things out here."
When all was said and done, I was able to stay on-site. I just got home last night, had a simple meal with the family, then got my first full night's sleep in months. Not only do I have an amazing family, but I am part of an incredible professional team that is helping our company to grow by leaps and bounds. (In fact, Inc. Magazine just named WorkForce Software one of the top private sector job creators for the second year in a row!)
Words can't describe how extraordinarily blessed I am feeling today.