Growth and Making Hay


Growth and making hay…..

My grandfather was a brilliant man.  He wasn’t overly educated in the terms of formal schooling, but he was WELL educated in what it takes to raise a family, work hard, be a good role model, and he was wonderful at simply helping you figure things out, without you even knowing he was doing it.  He would drop little tidbits of sage advice from time to time, veiled in some southern tall tale of simple little statement.  He would tell me things like, “Just showing up on time, son, is 90% of the battle”, and “Becoming a strong man is no different than building a good house.  It all starts with a solid foundation.  So say your prayers every night”, or, “If you don’t hold the car door open for your lady friend, how can you expect her to hold the door to her heart open for you”?  He was right in all of those things.  And I still do my very best to do all of those things today. 


He’s been gone for a while now, but I obviously still carry him with me.  Another thing that he told me was that “You always have to remember to make hay while the sun is up”.  For those of you that don’t know, you do your cutting to make bales of hay only when the sun is shining, but what he was really telling me was to seize your opportunities when the they make themselves available.  I’ve tried to do that as well. 


I have been lucky enough to have a lot of opportunity available to me in my life.  I am very thankful for that.  But as the hair on my chin starts to become more grey than brown I’m realizing that if you aren’t careful, you can end up with too much hay.  Which brings me to something else that my grandfather would tell me from time to time.  “Son, if you are too busy to go fishing with your brother, well then you are just too busy.”  So stopping to smell the roses is sometimes more important than hay.  Even though I do LOVE the smell of fresh cut hay! 


I’m going to try to do more of the roses.  I think you should too.  Take your family to the park.  Go see a city you have never visited; or better yet, a country that you have never experienced.  See the world.  Hug one another and share a meal.  If you are in a position in the company you work for where you can help put a memory making experience together for your employees or customers, do it.  We can help.  It will get you back more than you can imagine, with a return on your investment that charts will have a hard time showing. 


It’s hard to measure the smell of roses except by seeing the smiles that they bring to the faces who smelled them.  We at Galactic will continue to make hay while the sun is up, but we will also smell the roses as often as we can; both together as a company and separately with our families.


Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It always amazes me how many people actually do read it.  I thank you for that.


Have a great day, and go see the world.




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