I learned a long time ago that, when I’m paying attention, I can always find a silver lining in the most difficult of circumstances.
The silver lining in Kiera not fully recovering from Vestibular Disease is that it has given me the push I needed to decide to work from home rather than going into the office every day.
As I’ve watched Kiera’s age finally catch up to her big time, I’ve been feeling that I don’t want to be robbed of a minute of the time I have left with her. But in our human-centric world, to admit that I wanted to put my dog before work would be considered odd, if not downright bordering on blasphemous.
We have really great people working for us, and I’ve always tried to set an example for them; I felt that I should be if not the first one in, then the last one out. After all, it is Andrew’s and my business. And even though it really bothered me to leave my beloved dog, especially for this past year, I forced myself to do my best to maintain that standard.
But in fully facing that Kiera is living on borrowed time, it made me realize that the example I want to set for my employees is that it’s also vitally important for us to do what’s in our hearts.
I believe that family should always come first–whether that family is human or animal. And I believe that there is always a way to work it through while remaining responsible to work. Even though we’d always given our employees that permission, I felt it was my job to hold down the fort.
The only fort I want to hold down now is the one for Kiera. And now I can. I telecommute while getting to have Kiera laying on my feet. And we get to wander around the yard together whenever either one of us needs a break. And, most importantly, she feels safe knowing that she has me right by her side to make sure that, with her failing eyesight, she doesn’t fall or get lost in a corner of a room or somewhere outside. She expresses her relief and gratitude to me daily.
For the many blessings I will count this Thanksgiving, being home now with my girl will be at the top of the list.
Do you have any silver lining blessings you will be counting this Thursday?