I have a laundry list of future blog post subjects that is growing at the speed of my pile of laundry. In other words, it is growing so fast I can't keep up, especially when my days seem to be constantly devoted to laundry (may we have our own laundry machines bimhiera v'yameinu).
Despite the growing list of subjects and the growing pile of laundry, which is now hanging in our bathroom after the dryer failed me today, I had to post this inspirational story that I heard on talk radio today (make that yesterday) in the car on the way back from the bank where I picked up quarters for (no surprise here) laundry. This story should feed well into a theme I want to pick up on in the future.
But, in the meantime, I need to apologize as I cannot credit the radio talk show host properly because during the five minutes because between the grocery and bank to our home, I was unable to catch the name of the show I was listening to. If anyone also heard this, let me know the show so I can give proper credit.
The radio talk show host today was speaking about parenting role models, people he has sought out as an adult to model himself after so that he can be the best father he can be. The host talked about his own broken family and his quest as an adult to find role models. He attended a story where a top executive at American Express (?)related an experience. I'm not sure if the man who spoke at the conference was speaking in the first or third person. (Story below. Too bad I can't relate it word for word. This is the best I can do.)
The executive was in the office with his boss who was having a particularly bad day due to a certain crisis in the company. This boss was yelling and screaming about the crisis in the company and the situation was quite serious and was producing a high level of stress. During this long period of time, the executive's cell phone rang and he saw on the caller ID that his son was calling. He told his boss that his son was calling and immediately took the call. The boss was none too happy to be interrupted during an "emergency."
The family dog, who was older than all of the children, had died and the kids were torn up. The man said to his boss, "I have an important family matter to attend to" and walked away. His superior was in shock and was yelling at him the whole time, "how can you leave in the middle of this? What is so important?"
The executive got in his car and drove straight home to be with his children, during which time his boss was repeatedly calling his cell phone. He ignored the phone and turned it off as soon as he walked in the door. Once at home, he asked his children to gather in the back yard with an object that reminded them of their beloved dog and the family buried the dog and each told a story.
The executive "unplugged" for the rest of the day and evening and was out of touch with the office until the next day when he returned to work. There his boss yelled at him about what could possibly be so important in the middle of this crisis? How could he just ignore his phone calls? In turn, he asked the boss if the crisis had been
solved? The answer: no.
The executive told his boss, "you see. This crisis could wait and today is no different than yesterday. But my children needed me at that moment. Their crisis couldn't wait."
What a story! What an inspiration this executive is. Here is a man who is in the upper echelon of management in one of the largest companies in America who knew when he needed to unplug and devote his attention to his family-exclusively. I can only imagine that this father devotes undivided attention regularly, as one does not become a champion without exercising the proper muscles frequently.
I have been planning to blog about one particular intrusion into valuable family time that I find particularly bothersome. This story should serve as a good introduction to it. Hopefully I will get to that subject someday. I have two planned posts that are sitting higher up on the laundry list currently.