By Dennis Lowery
A new client (a very successful global business executive and owner of several companies) emailed me and included the following comment:
Thanks also for your shared experience in Hawaii. It sounds like your business, like mine, takes on its greatest meaning in the form of relationships with new and old friends.
What he said made me think, and I’ve never articulated it before but responded to him with this:
As I get older, I’ve realized that it’s the relationships you develop that add depth to your life (and to business). I know a lot of people that have lives that span a continuum of contacts and transactional one-and-done events or experiences… and that’s part of everyone’s life. But I can’t imagine having a life that is completely like that… a long thin line. A mere thread. I know people that have that kind of life and I guess it works for them. Me, I’d rather have a thick rope that can bear weight.
I think many people (at least I know I do) get the most enjoyment and value out of things that are more than one layer deep. It could be the richness of a color (like you could dip your finger in it), the texture of a fine wood and look and feel of its grain, the savor of the food or drink, the subtleties and nuances of a well-written book, well-scripted/written movie or TV show, the joy of an intelligent discussion/conversation.
It’s the same for me when it comes to the quality of interaction with another person and clients and I very much appreciate the quality of the person I work with and hope to know and work with them for a long time to come.
I hope that we all appreciate the special moment(s), appreciate the person... appreciate the truly valuable things we have and experience in life.