The most important job in the world

 Joe and Claire

On February 29th 2000 I took on the biggest and most important job of my life. It was high stress, rendered me with little sleep, and made me worry lots. The pay was minimal, in fact this job had the possibility of sinking Kara and I emotionally, physically and financially. I began this new position thinking that I could do it without a problem. I was cocky and confident as usual, until I realized within a day, I was in over my head. To quote Jim Gaffigan, “I felt like I was drowning and then someone handed me a baby”. My new responsibilities always followed me home which made me feel like I always had to be “on”, and I did. All of the responsibility for success had landed on my shoulders, or so I felt.

The job I had been promoted to was not that of CEO, Vice President, or Director. I was promoted to biggest position of my life….DAD.

In your work life often when you transition from one job to another you shed your old responsibilities and take on new ones. In life it does not seem to always be the same. Your transitions equal additions to your responsibilities.

I had been through various transitions before, little brother to big brother, non-Christian to Christian, dating Kara to falling in love with her, being a child at home to becoming a husband, but nothing had prepared me for the transition from all of that to being a Dad.

I am so thankful to be the Dad of Claire, Katie, Kyle and Little B. My life is so full and rich because of them. As they grow I realize more and more how important my job as Dad is.

  • I am the protector of them always watching out for what may come.
  • I am a teacher, always trying to help them learn about faith the world and themselves.
  • I am a provider for them, providing for their needs and sometimes their wants.
  • I am their disciplinarian, making sure they learn right from wrong.
  • I am their friend, listening to them when they need something or just want to tell me something.
  • I am their mentor, hoping that they will come to me for advice when times are tough, and life deals them a “tough one”.
  • I am a role model, showing them how to respect, and love others.
  • But most of all I am their Dad, always on their side and always there for them no matter what.

The most important job I have ever had is that of being a Dad. Happy fathers day to all of the others dads out there, and to my Dad Terry!!

Leading on!!


Rotary in the Future

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to attend a Rotary District Assembly. This event is training for Rotarians to continue to develop their clubs’ membership, depth and ultimately influence to change things in our world. I am honored to be a Rotarian and have been for almost 5 years. Recently I was accepted to serve on my clubs Board of Directors, which is a great opportunity to impact my community.
At this meeting of Rotarians I listened to many programs regarding the growth of rotary and what the future looks like for Rotary. I found it amazing that among all of the Rotarians at this meeting there was probably less than 1% in my age range and nobody in my age range that seemed to hold any type of district wide leadership position. I was amazed. As speakers took turns informing us on how we (Rotarians) needed to embrace technology and the use of it to attract younger members my eyes lit up. I suddenly was paying attention and listening. I started to shake my head in acknowledgement. The speaker got it. As Rotarians we needed to realize that young men and women starting their professional careers, raising families and building their lives are just starting to build their influence and affluence. Generation “x” embraces technology and the use of it in daily life. We use technology to stay connected with others in our friends. This was a huge revelation that this speaker gave to the audience. I was amazed as his candor and his deep understanding of this situation. He was “preaching the gospel” of the generational divide. I hope that from my position and in my work with the Rotary club I will be able to inspire other young people to get involved.
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