Reflecting on What's Important
As 2009 comes to an end and we finish the first decade of the new millennium, I wanted to reflect back. Remember January 1, 2000, that scary date when everything would come crashing to an end and life as we knew it would stop? Well ten years later "life as we knew it" is not what it will be on January 1, 2010 and who can imagine 2020!
The reality is that life continues to roll along and at year-end it is a good time to reflect on just what is important. I have a favourite speech that I like to give my staff periodically and the theme is that there are no statues for our work here at Lone Wolf. What I mean by that is that no one is ever going to see a statue in a park to the best real estate brokerage software ever! It absolutely is important to show up for work every day, give absolutely your best in the 8 hours you are there and be absolutely proud of your work!
However, 100 years from now someone won't be walking through a park and looking at a statue dedicated to Lone Wolf. But what they might see in that park is a grandparent playing with his or her grandson or granddaughter. And that will be your statue. You see, what we really have control over in our lives is the role model we set, the principles that we adhere to as we live our lives and what we leave behind in this world. For what most of us leave behind is our children. Who learn from us, who become good citizens of our society under our guidance and who one day will pass along out teachings, morals and guidance to their children. So that great-grandchild will be your statue. Your children are the lasting mark that you will leave in the world. And their children become theirs and so on. Ultimately, that great-grandchild, whom hopefully many of us will be around to see, will be our statue.
Please approach the New Year with a renewed effort to live a good life, to be kind to your fellow man and with the realization that we get one chance to leave our mark on the world that will create that statue that commemorates our existence in this world.
Lorne C. Wallace, C.A.
President & Founder of Lone Wolf