Friends, I thought I would briefly share about two significant events in my life this week.
1. My wedding anniversary. As of September 1, my lovely wife, Kathy, and I have been married 31 years. So it’s not one of those “special” years, but this year does seem special — partially, I think, because all four of our adult children are “out and about”. Plus, Kathy and I are enjoying our relationship more than we have in several years. So celebrating our life together seems appropriate. Finally, we realized (it takes a while for things to sink in sometimes) that we have been married a long time when one of our younger friends said to us: “You were married before I was born!”
2. Completion of my book. Some of you may know that I have been working on a project for about four years which has led to the writing and publishing of a book. Earlier this week, Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the NY Times #1 bestseller, 5 Love Languages) and I completed the manuscript of our book — 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People. It is going to the publisher for editing now, and won’t be released until next summer (July 2011), but this was a major milestone for us. There is still much to be done — we are developing training resources for businesses and organizations — but now we can say, “The book is done!” (You can be sure I will sure more about the book and related activities in the future.)
So, rejoice with us — and have a great week!