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Driving 500 Miles to Work

Another work-week rolls to a close and another 500 miles (roughly) added to the odometer of my 2018 Toyota Tundra. I don’t mind driving (at least I’m not walking 500 miles!). And there are those who put on many more miles than that. Thankfully I usually work from home 1 day per week, or it would be over 600 miles traveled for sure. I typically listen to podcasts and audio books to fill the time. I just finished John C. Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.”

For those who don’t know, John Calvin (yes…his parents named him John Calvin!) Maxwell is a motivational teacher, speaker and writer. He was a pastor for many years in the Wesleyan church. I honestly don’t know what his sermons were like, as I’ve never heard him preach. But I have read several of his books, and enjoy his very practical, no nonsense, work-hard and be-kind, approach to management, leadership and life. A very representative quote of his from the book I just read was “The reality is that you will never get much done unless you go ahead and do it before you are ready.” There’s a lot of truth to that. What are YOU putting off until you are ready?

This week was pretty typical at work for me. I’m helping one of my teams develop and use QuickBase to streamline documentation for their work, and helping another team prepare for a pilot with another technology platform developed by TailorMed. This was also P&L (Profit & Loss) week, where I review with leadership the prior month financial performance of the outpatient pharmacies I oversee. There were a couple other meetings which I lead that take significant time to prepare for, as they involve either complex projects or numerous reports related to our specialty pharmacy accreditation. Thankfully they all went well. On Wednesdays I work from our Boston pharmacy location, and I park literally right next door to Fenway Park. Usually not a problem. But on game days, getting out can be challenging. This week was a home game on Wednesday. We lost apparently.

I had plans to meet with some friends on a couple different nights after work. Those plans fell through. But I had another friend ask me sort of last-minute to chat with him after work about a recent job interview he went on. I did. He is currently working in a rather toxic environment with a boss who makes his life pretty hard. He had a great interview this week which he hopes will translate into an offer next week. I told him last week I would be praying for him about this. And I did. He is very excited about the opportunity to possibly open the door to a new chapter in his life. Folks, there are some pretty bad bosses out there in the world. If you have a good boss…thank them!

I took a vacation day today (Friday). Was able to spend an hour or so with my mom, just chatting about various things. I’m grateful she lives so close (1 town over) and is otherwise in pretty good health. My father passed away almost 7 years ago now. He is waiting patiently for all of us in heaven. Until then, we have work for the Lord and for others to do on earth. I watched a bird, much too large for our hummingbird feeder, help himself to a drink nonetheless. It’s been dry. I’m sure he was thirsty. I chatted a bit via text messages with a widow from our church about what she likes listening too. Her answer…mostly the Bible. And she loves R.C. Sproul’s broadcast, Renewing Your Mind. I dare say that the widows of our church are some pretty fine theologians!

Bonn and I spent the afternoon together. I read more of Jerry Bridges’ book, The Practice of Godliness. He is a great writer and well worth the time invested. Then later on we took a ride to Marlborough to visit Alltown Fresh, where our Joshua will be training before starting to work in the kitchen at their newest location in Hopkinton which is due to open soon. I bopped into Home Depot to pick up a new blind for our den, as the existing blind has basically fallen apart and hangs sideways. We then grabbed a couple sandwiches at Marlborough House of Pizza and ate across the street at Flying Dreams Brewery where I had a beer.

We swung by Joann Fabrics on the way home so that Bonn could pick up a few crafty things! I opted to sit in the car and text my brother. When I arrived home, I installed the new blind which thankfully was a pretty easy job.

Overall a very blessed week!

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