One of the best parts of my job is that I get to go places and see things in the community that I may otherwise miss out on.
Today I attended the Veterans Day Commemorative Program in Manhattan. This is the type of event (had I had the day off) that I would have heard about and thought, 'Hey that sounds neat. I'd like to go to that.' Then I likely would have decided I needed to clean the house or run errands rather than take that time to go to the event. Not because I don't care, but because I think it's in our nature to feel we must use every minute to be productive and get things done. It's the go,go,go feeling in our society.
I am never disappointed when I go to a community event. Today I spent time with fellow members of the community and with veterans who are currently serving, and those who served so many years ago in Vietnam, Panama, the Persian Gulf... it's always an amazing experience to see the pride and emotion they have for our nation and their service. That's not something I could have experienced from the comfort of my home or something I would have given the proper amount of respect, squeezing in a moment of remembrance during my day of errands.
My challenge to you is to slow down, get out in your community. You never know who you'll meet or what you'll learn. Take time to appreciate life, your community and your neighbors.