Will Lukang, CLDC, PMP, CSM, MASCL
Life often finds a way to teach us a lesson. Hurricane Sandy impacted a lot of lives. Many are still picking up the pieces and trying to recover their houses and belongings. We came out of it just losing power for almost nine days and I learned a lot about myself and my team. For my children, they gained a sense of appreciation of the absence of electricity and were able to spend more time with each other rather than being preoccupied the IPad and IPhones. The cold chill nights were harder for our children than us. After a week, we managed to stay warm by turning on the gas fireplace. I wonder what took me so long to figure that out.
The incident required me to step up and take care of work-related items while the storm passed through that night. I learned a valuable lesson of mediating and facilitating the recovery in spite of the fact that I don’t have all the answers. I stayed calm and directed the team as we moved from one stage to another. 24 hours later we got the job done. A significant accomplishment considering the odds that were in front of us: the two key resources who knew what needed to be done had no power and we lost contact with them.
For two weeks, it seem like each day went by so fast because I was working long hours, if not round the clock. As I gained some normalcy, I started looking for ways to help those people affected by the storm. I participated in a couple of initiatives as a way to show my appreciation for my blessings.
Each day I hear stories of the devastation that other people had to face. As the year comes to a close, I’m thankful for the following:
- My wife and my two daughters for being my sources of inspirations
- My extended families for being there for us
- My close circle of friends for being a constant source of joy
- My team at work for inspiring me to be a better leader each day. They energize me to push myself to learn and develop to be able to serve them
- My Lead Change co-authors for allowing me to participate in the wonderful journey that culminated in the publishing of the Character-Based Leader book.
- My Knights of Columbus brothers for inspiring me to focus on our primary principle of charity
- My Cornerstone brothers for allowing me to participate in the journey of getting to know one another
- My tweeter and blog followers who inspire me to continue to tweet and write to share my stories and experience
- And last but not the least, the gift of a brand new day.
I’ll close my blog with this message
May the worries of the past remind you of the things you have endured to get to your current state.
May tomorrow bring new hope that opportunity is waiting around the corner.
May you invest the time to develop yourself and spend time on what is important to you.
May you never put things off because there always tomorrow.
May you live the life you want and not that of what others want to see in you.
May you find comfort that you’re not the only one going through challenges in life.
Enjoy your life, invest in yourself and don’t forget that tomorrow is not guaranteed to be there.
May you have a Happy Thanksgiving!