It has been 5 years since Mayo and I attended an Express International Leadership Conference “Evening of Excellence”. It is a black tie affair and the evening is filled with fancy food, great networking and top offices are recognized with awards for various levels of achievement. Getting awards was always fun for us in the past, but after Zack died – it lost its appeal…
Everything changed after he died. We have had to learn how to live in a world where loss has transformed us. Loss forced us to adjust to a new normal….things and places aren’t the same; relationships with others are not the same; our relationship with God is not the same and the way we see ourselves is not the same.
And here we are.
Almost five years later (has it really been that long?).
After a record-breaking 2015 (with an incredibly committed and tenacious team), we decided to attend this year’s Evening of Excellence in the great city of Dallas, Texas.
I’m glad we did.
We are part of an amazing organization that has loved us through our loss and continued to celebrate our office’s success – even when we weren’t there to celebrate it ourselves. Saturday night, they cheered us on as Mayo and I took the stage to accept our award for the first time since Zack’s illness and death.
And we felt the love of our Express Employment Professionals Family (yes we are!). This family was there for us in our office – in the hospital – at the Ronald McDonald House – at our home and at a funeral for 12 year old Zack. They encouraged us, prayed with and for us. They believed with us and pushed us onward. They cried with us and they grieved with us. They loved us.
And after being knocked down, they, along with so many others, helped us get back up.
And we are still standing…
Even on the hardest of days.
We are truly blessed to be loved and to be in the business of changing lives daily and making a difference A Moment at a Time…