Sometimes I feel like talking about recruiting. After all, it is my profession and I truly love what I do. I like talking about trends, recruiting topics, and sometimes I just like to vent about what happened with candidates and managers. That being said, there are only so many things you can talk about in recruiting. Recently, my eyes have begun to glaze over as the same topics are hashed over and over. I am human. I do have feelings. Every one of us have feelings. We are all on this earth together.
No, I have absolutely no desire to talk about recruiting or anything remotely revolving around recruiting today. I wanted to talk about a topic that we all have in common. Today, I want to talk about life. The circle of life and a moving event that happened to me on Saturday night. This is without a doubt the most personal blog I have ever written.
Saturday was my 40th birthday. Yes, it was on my birthday, but before dismissing this post, there is a much deeper meaning than just my birthday. The weekend was great. I celebrated with my friends on Friday night. A good time was shared by my all. We could have done anything, but I wanted to go to a local pub called "The Tavern". The Tavern has been renovated and to give you an idea of how long it has been around, it has a sign that says "Air Conditioned" outside of it. A good burger and those tables that you take a knife and carve your name into is what it is known for. I had probably 30 people there, and most of them were at Laura and my wedding in 2006.
Time has flied since 2006. It is rare that all of us get together that often. Life gets busy, and we all have excuses. We all made an effort to get together on Friday. My good childhood friend Jason Romano and his wife Rene drove in from Houston and stayed with us for the night. As my wife and I looked around the Tavern, both of us looked at each other and realized how much these people meant to both of us. Not everyone could make it that night, but it was a good showing.
Life is funny isn't it? We are all here and we look for these relationships in life. My wife, my best friend, the mother of my children, and the love of my life and a few close friends are what are really important to us.
Later on in the weekend, my parents called and wished me a happy birthday also. They asked us to go out to dinner at Lupe Tortilla which is one of the best new Mexican Restraunts in Austin. My wife, kids, brother, sister-in-law, and their kids, and my parents were all there. Once again, a great time. My whole world was in that room.
We came home, and I had a little 40 "blues" and our new dog Dixie needed to be taken out for a walk. I looked at my son Trace (William King Thomson III) and asked him if he would walk the dog with me. He is 1 1/2, and speaks a little, but he understands a lot more. He looked at me and said "uh-huh". This was unusual because he really needed to go to bed.
Trace and I were dressed identical. I had a White and Blue Striped Shirt and so did Trace. He held my hand tight and we walked down our street Miss Julie Lane. Miss Julie Lane is a short street, but long enough for me to embrace the moment. The moon was full and the stars were shining bright. Trace had been fussy all night long, but not on this walk. I looked at him, and began to tear up. I said to him "I love you" and he looked at me and said something that sort of sounded like I love you also. He knew.
It had been a great weekend. I had everybody that I love with me and in the end that is all I really want anyway. Life is one big circle. We realize what is important to us. As I grow older, I look at my son and see me in him, much like I see my father in myself. I realized at that moment what we are all doing here on this Earth together. Jesus had his arm around me and I knew he was present.
We all get wrapped up in our lives, and daily activities, but there is a plan. A bigger plan for all of us. The walk helped remind me of that. I think we all could be reminded of that and why we are here and what is important to us. Thank you, lord, for the time you have given us and help us embrace every moment we are together!
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