Redefining “Rough Summer”

Every now and then something gives you perspective as to what “rough” really means. I had perspective smack me in my face earlier this week, and I am all the better for it. My colleague Mark Dearborn and I attended the annual Team 25 2-day charity event; joining the community of people this organization supports. Team 25 is a charitable foundation headed up by former pro hockey player Shjon Podein, that raises money for children and young adults who are affected by many debilitating diseases. The most predominant of the organizations they support is one with children affected by A-T – Ataxia Telangiectasia.  A-T is a disease that is like having Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy, immune deficiencies, Muscular Dystrophy and cancer all together. Seeing these kids each year – and seeing their smiles and excitement coming up from their wheelchairs as though they don’t have a care in the world – is the most heartwarming thing you can imagine. You make friends with these people and their families and the community of people who support this group – it’s amazing. So then learning throughout the year when one child loses their battles is devastating. This year, we celebrated the memories of Ethan, Tate and Brian. It was hard to watch their parents speak – recounting how their children wanted to go on a date in heaven with someone special since they couldn’t do it on earth, or children telling their parents they will miss them when they are in heaven. Strong, beautiful souls inside these kids.

Every day I wake up, and every situation I am in, I consider a learning opportunity. Summer in the moving business IS challenging, and it DOES provide for some difficult days.  But, I’ve redefined what a “rough” summer is; what a “rough” day is. Instead, I’ve learned to appreciate so much more about life, health, family, friends, my job. I am a better person for being involved in this charity, and I encourage each of you to take some time for yourself this summer; focus on balancing your stress, and look at job-related challenges at an opportunity to learn, grow, and appreciate that they are challenges that can be overcome.  Arpin Group’s charitable arm, Arpin Strong, gave a donation to the Team 25 Charity, and we look forward to continuing to support this organization for many years to come.  For more information on Team 25, you can visit their Facebook page, or their website.

Blog written by Bridget Ritchie, Executive Director of Global Business Development.