Amazing how questions from a 6 year old can grab your attention.
We are spending some of our summer in the woods outside of Durango, Colorado. We purchased this “40-acre-slice-of-heaven” about 5 years ago. Nancy and I envisioned an opportunity for our family and friends to create lasting memories in a location where TV, streaming movies and a big city were hundreds of miles away. Gamble oaks, pine trees and several hundred aspen trees cover this property and there is a “seasonal creek” running through the middle of it. It’s not unusual for us to spot wildlife on a daily basis: we had three deer visit us during breakfast a few days ago. Scottsdale seems a long ways away.
This week we are being visited by our daughter-in-law as well as our two grandchildren. Our daily jaunts through the forest and meadows are highlights for me. Yesterday, Abby (our 6 year old granddaughter) asked me to take her up to the cabin to swing. As we approached the swing, which is hung on what must be a 100-year-old oak, she asked me “Why do you have to work, Poppy?” My immediate answer to her was twofold: “People need me and I need to help people”.
I’ve been reflecting on Abby’s question and my answer. For 34 years I have loved my profession. I feel blessed that God has enabled me to blend my vocation and my avocations together. I feel passionate about the services we provide to our clients and the lifelong friendships that I’ve made give me an incredible sense of contentment. So, back to her question: I think the way I feel about it is that I “get” to work. I look forward to connections with clients as well as our team members at Summit. I get energized thinking of the interactions I “get” to have with our clients. The challenges of being involved with a growing business keep me seeking God as I’ve noticed an increased dependency upon Him, especially in a world with so much uncertainty. I love what I get to do and am so thankful for the opportunities that the road ahead will provide. And as Abby grows up, I hope she sees a Poppy who loves every aspect of life, even the work side.
Randy Morris ChFC, CFP®, AIF®