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“Slow Down and Smell the Crabs”

This past weekend served as a reminder to me that I need to proactively set aside time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

If you’re like me, work tends to be pretty relentless and constant. A lot of that pressure and expectation I put on myself.

Throughout my career, I’ve never needed micro managers, time cards, or accountability partners. I am my own worst enemy. If ever I feel as though I’m slacking off or not doing my best, rest assured, I am ALL over myself!

The downside to this slight personality quirk is the tendency to get lost in the effort. To be so consumed in the ‘doing’ that I forget the importance of ‘being’ and the joy of ‘having.’

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All too many times though, it’s not until I drop from sheer exhaustion, that I realize my sad state of affairs. There have been other times when a neglected client awakens me to my plight. And that’s a very unfortunate situation indeed.

So today was one of those badly needed, wonderfully mindless days. After church, my wife and I took the boat out onto Hood Canal, and pulled up our crab pots for the last time this season. We limited out, bringing 10 of the tasty Dungeness home with us.

Amazing how work makes you forget:

  • How beautiful Hood Canal and Washington State are…
  • How beautiful and precious my wife is, and how much I appreciate her friendship…
  • How thankful I am for my kids, and how much I enjoy being part of their lives…

I need to do a much better, more deliberate job of taking time to slow down and enjoy all that I have been blessed with in this life. Then, when I’m more rested, more relaxed, rejuvenated, I can better serve my clients in the manner in which they so deserve!

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  1. Mack in Atlanta

    September 1, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Rich you are so right. In July my wife and I took our annual 2 week vacation to Daytona Beach Florida. Our son, daughter in law and grandson joined us for the first week. Having them with us was such a joy, especially seeing our grandson take his first walk on the beach. Recharging the batteries, so to speak, does make me more efficient when I return and yes I do feel that I am better able to serve my clients after this vacation.

  2. Glenn fm Naples

    September 1, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Rich – a right on post. The big question for everyone is “why, don’t we do more to control our lives to get the most out of life?”

    We all need to look around and see what we have and take the time to enjoy it.

  3. Bill Lublin

    September 1, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Rich – Your post , as always is right on target. Every day is a gift, and if we don’t treat it that way, we miss the best parts of our lives.

    When I first went to Hawaii any years ago, I like everyone else, though about what a great place that might be to live. I remember looking over the rail of our lania at Wakiki Beach and Diamond Head and asking my wife, “If we lived here, how long do you think it would take to stop seeing all of this?” If yu are careful to remember to appreciate what you have every morning when you wake up- or at least during some point during the day, you not only have a better day, but you actually reap the benefits of all of that work you do.

    What a wonderful picture. I am so happy that you ,like my son and myself, found a beautiful woman with bad eyes and poor judgement so you could marry over you head!

  4. Bill Lublin

    September 1, 2008 at 11:10 am

    BTW a lania is actually an lanai (a Hawaiian term for balcony or patio) – Sorry for the goof I was blinded by the beauty of the photo 😉

  5. Jay Thompson

    September 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    As soon as I saw the title, I knew Rich wrote this post… 😉

    it’s spot on. And a great reminder.

  6. Elaine Hanson

    September 1, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I’m glad you got out and about and had a great day, Rich! It sounds like a little piece of paradise. Speaking of which, I am always awestruck by the beauty of your wife every time I see her picture. From the way you have referred to her in your writing, I get the impression she is beautiful inside as well.

    Fresh crab catch? I still want my crabcakes.

  7. Missy Caulk

    September 2, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Ditto, Jay on the title and knowing who wrote it. Funny how we associate certain words, images with people.
    Rich, that is an awesome photo with the mountains, water and you and your wife. Was their no other boats out there?

  8. Nickie Rothwell

    September 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Beautiful intention and beautiful photo Rich! Sounds like you had a perfect day!

    So hopefully no more habitual working ’til the wee hours, right? 😉

    Thanks for reminding us all how important each and every day is and how slowing down a bit allows us to enjoy them that much more.

  9. Vance Shutes

    September 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm


    “Wherever you are, be there.” You lived in the moment. And, I can taste those dungeness crabs already!

  10. Charles Mackenzie-Hill

    August 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Caught my attention this title. Really , Its, not much the slowing down, its quality time with the family while you can. Its for them as well. IF your in RE there is always something you feel you need to do. So turn that mobile off and enjoy.

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