"We need not be casualties of war but warriors wounded in battle who will heal and rise stronger than before. The promise of ever after, especially with our families, is that while the battles may never stop, neither will the victories."
Today is a bit of a treat for me as our guest post will be from my husband Bryce. He is truly the love of my life and the man of my dreams (minus a few inches). He and I do not have a perfect life or perfect family but his hard work, his love and his willingness and desire to better himself, help to make our imperfect life a happy life. I've never known a better man. Bryce is the owner of Natural Power and Developing us. He works hard, plays hard and loves deeply. Here is what he says...
I sit alone in my house without a
sound of life around other than the tapping keys of my keyboard. I have a wife
and four young kids, but I sit in silence. You see, I left on vacation with the
lot of them in our van across the breadth of the United States to head to
Virginia and Washington DC. It’s what is called a vacation, and the first
vacation for our family since 2006. I then had to fly home to keep the business
going and will fly back at a weeks end to travel back home in our van.
My father once told me that a real
vacation is for two people and only two people; bring the kids and it becomes a
journey with a whole lot of work. This vacation was not planned for years nor
did we save up to go, we just found a moment in time where it worked and we
left. Had our focus been on a vacation like this, we would have left years
earlier. We chose a different course for those years (work, school, etc.), even
though we hoped for what we have finally done now.
I am reminded of my economics class
and the lesson on ‘Dollar Votes.’ Households or consumers decide what products
will be on the shelf and which companies will live or shut down by purchasing
their product. Each time we purchase something, it is a dollar vote for more of
that product from that company. We can be careful in what we place our dollars
toward or we can be nonchalant and throw our votes towards the first object to
fit the fancy.
Have we ever thought of our time in
the same way? Have we considered where we spent each minute and thought about
the ‘minute votes’ we placed in our lives. If we love TV, guaranteed our minute
votes would be given to it. If we loved our children, we would spend our minute
votes in their realm, in their worlds.
Take a look around you for a second
in whatever room you are in. Do you see worthwhile reminders of minute votes
well spent? Do we fill our tables and walls with objects that have no “minute
vote” value? Have we voted on the things we would consider to be most precious?
Do other’s feel our votes towards them or are they towards objects without the
capacity of emotional and loyal returns?
Whether political votes, dollar
votes, or minute votes, the majority rules and life will mold it’s way to
accommodate the majority. Let’s vote for family! Let’s vote for nighttime
stories, let’s vote for holding hands everywhere we go with our spouse and
children, let’s vote for dinners together at the table, let’s vote for the
random vacation at the expense of ‘getting ahead’, let’s vote for those things
that mean something and rid our lives of the emptiness of cold votes.
I sit alone, with my family across
the nation, longing for this week to end so I can fly back and enjoy our time
together again. Hoorah for minute votes well spent! They’re unforgettable.
I miss you hon, thanks for the post!