JOSEPH F. EMMERTH A LOOK AT FAMILY LAW OF SULLIVAN TAYLOR & GUMINA, P.C.
TAKING A MOMENT TO REFLECT
Whenever May comes around, I’m reminded of what people have done for me. With Mother’s Day in the middle of the month and Memorial Day at the end, I like to reflect during this time of year on every person who’s been there for me. Thinking back doesn’t have to be purely work-related. You can reflect on how your business has grown, but I’ve found that it coincides with how you have grown as a person. Everyone in our lives affects us one way or another; the most memorable are those who supported us through any of the difficult times we faced. When I think back to those who helped me most, I think about my parents. I was fortunate enough to have both parents in my life. They were equally supportive and there for me when I needed them. I am especially grateful this month for the time spent with my mother. She was a stay-at-home mom and was always there for me whenever I needed her. I could always count on her to help me out, no matter the problem.
My parents aren’t the only ones on my mind this month. Memorial Day is a holiday I can intimately relate with. I have a lot of family and friends who have joined one branch of the military or another. I have family who fought in WWII and the Korean War. I have friends who went into the Marines right out of high school. They were perfectly able and capable to go a different route with their lives, into a different field, but they choose to fight for their country. When I think about my life, I can’t help but think about my family. They helped shape me into who I am. However, I’m not the only one shaped into who they are today by the care of others. This month, I recommend that you take some time to think about your family, your life, and anyone who’s made an impact on you. I believe it’s important to take a step back and really appreciate everyone who supports you. Be thankful and reflect on where you are right now in your life and who’s responsible for getting you here. It is good practice to do this regularly throughout the year, but this month of reflection can be a great time to start. You can even take this opportunity to think about your kids and how you want their lives to be. If you’re faced with some difficult times ahead and are worried about them, it’s important to try to see things through their perspectives and consider what’s best for your children. May brings the end of the school year, meaning that many kids are graduating and planning to move on to college. Take this opportunity to think back on all the things you’ve done for them so far and what else you can do to help them move forward. You can consider the lessons you learned in your life and pass them on to your children. -Joseph Emmerth
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