Every year I write a Thanksgiving blog, reflecting on the growth of our firm, how awesome our employees and customers are, and the privilege we have every day to be able to serve and truly make a difference in the lives of our clients. As founder and CEO, I have been solely focused and driven to meet our targets, budgets, goals and have worked as hard as ever.
I recently turned 55, and this past year has been one of reflection and attempting to truly define the meaning of why I and we do what we do every day. The “Higher Purpose” of working hard and making great impacts for customers while using the God-given talents we are so fortunate to have is incredibly fulfilling. My struggle was deeper, as I felt like the love and respect and caring for others and giving back, which was a primary basis of my vision, had become distorted as we doubled in size from 2012 to 2017. I felt as if I was on a soul-searching journey to re-establish our vision.
On October 31, (yes, Halloween) I was diagnosed with a very rare form of stomach cancer. I’m currently undergoing a strict regimen of chemotherapy and radiation, which hopefully will lead to a curative surgery in the months ahead. It’s in God’s hands. Hence the reason this Thanksgiving is more meaningful than ever.
During the last 6 months I have been truly seeking time with my higher power, and just a few months ago I bought a sticker for my truck that says “HE>I”. What I was missing was the fact that it isn’t about me, but a higher calling, a more deeper meaning of my life’s journey and the vision of RGCI. When God controls my day I put others first, I care more deeply about serving and being more selfless rather than selfish. There is a freedom like no other, when you truly understand your purpose for the long road big picture of life. It’s laughter in the hallways, smiles, giving back to others and treating everyone as you would want to be treated.
I’m so thankful for the incredible outpouring of support and love shown to me by my employees, friends, family, and customers. The deeper meaning of why we do what we do is clear now. John 15:5 says “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Managing Director & CEO
Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.