Rechargeable Batteries

It's easy to forget now and again that we all have rechargeable batteries.  Sure, we get older and loose a little capacity over time, but we can take on a lot of living as long as we remember to live.

A week ago I got a text from my best friend's wife inviting me to come out to Seattle as a surprise.  It would be a big surprise because I don't travel for much other than business.

Normally I hem and haw, thinking about all the dozens of things I would like to get done for my clothing company, and convince myself I don't have time.

But this time was different.  Life was beginning to well up and I could feel the tears brewing behind my eyes, trying to claw their way out.  It was clear I needed the recharge.  Funny that all it took was to see good friends, sit down to a meal instead of eating on the go, and share the happenings of our lives.  The simple stuff is often the most profound.

I wish I took more photos, but I was too busy enjoying the company.

I got to see my best friends Jacob and Mindy and their new baby James.  He's a super happy kid and I was actually excited to hold him.  I still think puppies are better than babies, but James is converting me.

My other best friends Brian and Ericka.  It was Ericka that flew me out to surprise my best buddy, Brian.  Seen here prepping the July 4th roast.

We also saw the Sedro Woolley 4th of July parade.  Sedro Woolley was an old logging town on the outskirts of Seattle at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

And being a logging town of course they have a log carving competition.

I liked this one because it reminds me of our Howl T-shirt.

And then there were Shiners.

Now I'm back on my game, recharged for the next set of challenges to come.  Owning a business ain't easy, but I love it.  I just need to remember that it's the small things that make the big things run, like just checking in with your friends and the simple pleasures of asking about their days.