BrightStar Care - February 2019


FEB 2019



M ost everyone is familiar with what we call “The Jim and Judy Show,” but for those who aren’t, my wife and I struck out on our own to create something meaningful for our community. 2009 wasn’t exactly a booming time for the American economy, but Judy’s heart to serve and my desire to be in an honorable pursuit proved to be enough for us to not just get off the ground, but also thrive. We clung to these passions and continued to find ways to serve every step of the way through our journey. While most of you might be familiar with how we got off the ground, you might not be up to speed with where operations went from there. I remember reading an article years ago about do’s and don’ts for couples working in a business together. When your professional and personal lives are woven together so tightly, it’s easy to get overwhelmed — any advice was welcome. Essentially, the counseling boiled down to the idea that if each person had their own responsibilities outside of each other, the dynamic usually functioned well. Where breakdowns start to happen is where overlap occurs. For the most part, Judy and I were in different arms of the business, but just like all couples, sparks flew on occasion. However, when you have a woman like Judy in your life, it’s easy to work through any complications.

Judy is a little bit older than me, so when she retired, we were a bit worried about how we might replace her dedication to people. No one loves our clients like Judy

Flickinger. However, when Kelly Hahn came onboard, we

knew our clients and nurses were in good hands. Unfortunately, Kelly succumbed to illness, and in November, she

passed away. Our hearts have not been the same since this tragic loss. We continue to work forward after her passing. Some thought this would open the door for Judy to come back, but she’s found a great life in retirement. Life outside of business is actually more complicated than it was when we were working together. We used to be unified under that common platform. Our lifestyles were the same when we showed up at the office every day. Now, Judy has her activities, and I work 10–12-hour days. What keeps my head on straight during this chapter of our story comes from a devotional I read awhile back. It was through the lens of someone who wasn’t married, and it gave me perspective on how crucial it is to grow old together. I haven’t thought of myself as old until recently, but as I look at aging, I see Judy and I growing old together. We may not be together in the office, but we’re still bound to each other in life. I’m not actively looking to retire anytime soon, and as long as Judy is in my life, I don’t think I’ll need to.

—Jim Flickinger President

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