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One Man's Journey

So everything was really good. The job was going great. our work schedules were tough, but we were young and just pushed through. One night I am getting out of the car at the house with my wife and kids , who were 9 and 3 at the time, at 8:30 at night. Always a long day and I stepped on a CD case in the driveway. My heart sunk. I sadid to Susan my wife, leave the kids in the car, something might be wrong, and sure enough, I walk into the house, with the front door kicked open and all of our electronics were stolen! This was the second time in 3 years! All the TV's, CD's, stereo equipment, everything again! We had a golden retriever, named Ginger, and all I kept thinking was, they killed the dog, which is really all that mattered. She came rambling down the stairs tail wagging like nothing happened. What a sigh of relief. That's all my family cared about either. She was part of the family and she was unharmed thank god! Those are the times that put your life in perspective, and make you take a step back. But it is really true. THat is all that matters. After all the trying to get ahead, the corporate daily BS, the stressed out I am late moments! I'm feeling guilty about the kids blah, blah ,blah it all comes down to one simple thing. The family that you love is alive and well. Otherwise, you have nothing. Yeah, you might have an ultra-successful career, but to us, that wasn't the defining factor. It was nice we were doing well, but we realized things can be replaced, people and family members including pets cannot. It was good perspective. Don't get me wrong success is great, but if you have no one to share it with or someone that can have a better life because of it, it means absolutely nothing!! I went back to work the next day, filed the police report and kept on keeping on. It was quite a moment actually for all of us. Realizing what is really important sometimes doesn't always come to the forefront. It pretty much did from that day forward for us. Pretty neat. Right?

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