There’s Always a Good Time to Think of Others

Who Has Helped Make You You?

Think of all the people through your life who have had an impact on the person you are today. From the doctor that helped deliver you into this world to the family you were born into and, there are literally thousands (if not more) who have had both direct and indirect impact on your life.

School teachers, co-workers, neighbors and the circle of close friends. Your spouse’s family and even for some of you your ex-in-laws have sometimes added branches to your family tree. Librarians, athletic coaches, golfing buddies and many more are easy faces to remember and for most of them, you have a story you could share with others about who they are and what they mean to you.

But really, how often do you think of them?

Today is the 13th anniversary of my Dad’s death. I think of him often but if I was being honest, it’s probably not every day. We all have people in our lives that are (or were) special to us but for whatever reason – most likely life getting in the way – we don’t always have them at the top of our mind.

When I was running regularly, I would think of my father every time I would approach a traffic light that was red and suddenly would change to green, allowing me to keep running and not have to stand on the corner and jog in place like many people you’ve seen from the comfort of your car. As the light changed, I would look towards the sky and say “Thanks Dad.”

It was my special way to think of him every now and then and it always brought a smile to my face and sometimes a tear to my eye.

Lately I haven’t been running as much as I should. Perhaps the below freezing temperatures here in Central Ohio have something to do with that or more realistically, it’s just a lack of motivation on my end. Whatever the reason, it means that I don’t run up to traffic lights as much any more so I needed to create a new reason to think of my father.

But why just stop at my father? What about all the other important people in my life who impact me daily?

There’s Always a Good Time to Think of Others

I’ve used the pages of Carps’s Corner (and The Realtor’s Toolbox before it) to pay tribute to my Dad and other people and much of the positive feedback I get about the blog comes as a result of these personal messages to my readers.  

In 2010 it was a short message along with a photo of me and Dad. In 2011, perhaps one of my most read posts ever, I shared the 11 Years of Lesson’s from Sean’s Dad. Last year I brought my video camera to the cemetery and posed the rhetorical question “Who Are You Talking To?”

Today, I wanted to share some thoughts about how we all can use something we see every day to bring us a pleasant memory or spur a meaningful contact on-line through email or one of the social media channels, via telephone or even in person. Even something as simple as “I’m thinking of you” can make a huge difference for both parties.

Can’t see the video above? Click here.

What are your special “times” that you see on the clock and think of someone else? Share one or two down below and who knows…maybe you’ll have some additional positive vibrations coming your way from all of the loyal readers of Carp’s Corner.

As always, keep building relationships, solving problems and having fun.


PS – I thought it was neat that at the time I shot the video today, the temperature at the cemetery was 13 degrees.

Nice touch, Dad.


9 Responses to There’s Always a Good Time to Think of Others
  1. Michelle Poccia
    February 17, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    Sean, Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea of how to remember all those special people in our lives!
    You were on my list at ICNY for folks I wanted to meet face to face…and we did that. I think those venues offer opportunities for (maybe) getting in a substantive connection…but not always. Just want you to know that you are on my list for 2013 of folks who I would like to meet on their turf. I come to Ohio to see my inlaws in Oxford a couple of times a year. When I plan our next trip…I will be contacting you and if you are available, I would love to buy you breakfast, lunch or whatever. When it comes to all these folks we have met via social media…sometimes meeting them in person can be a “let down”…some are just “fluff” kind of in a popularity contest…just “saying” things to get attention…you, on the other hand, are the real deal. Your video expressed that very well. Your loving, generous and appreciative heart shines. And it is more than obvious that your family comes first. I am certain that your parents are very proud of the person that you have chosen to be. It is a privilege to be connected to you and I look forward to getting to know you better and learning more from you. You never know, I could be back in Ohio one of these days!
    Sean, I am going to think of you when I see “13”…I will be thinking of you thinking of your Dad.
    Thanks for sharing from your heart today…Michelle

    • Sean
      February 17, 2013 | 8:04 pm

      Michelle – Thanks for the lovely comments. I will look forwardf to an opportunity to connect with you here in Ohio. Any reason to venture to the lovely town of Oxford and the campus of Miami would be welcomed. Skippers for lunch?

      Keep up the great work in 2013

  2. Merilee Grischow
    February 18, 2013 | 12:45 am

    Hey Sean! (Just found your blog) I hope you had some good (cold) quality time with your dad today! I’m sure he’s smiling down every day at you & your family. 🙂

    • Sean
      February 18, 2013 | 12:03 pm

      Merlilee – Welcome to Carp’s Corner. I’m glad you’re here. Take a look around through the archives and make yourself comfortable

  3. Matthew Ferrara
    February 18, 2013 | 2:58 am

    Nicely done, Sean! I love how you looked at the day and said there’s someone (many someone’s) every hour that make our lives special, encourage us and give us support, strength and help when we need it. At a time when so many of us get caught up in facts, figures, numbers, charts, and so on, it’s great to be reminded that it’s people that matter most when it comes to living the good life.

    You’re one of those people, for me. Keep up the good work!

    – Matthew

    • Sean
      February 18, 2013 | 12:04 pm

      I appreciate the comments Matthew. Depending on your sleep schedule, you’ll almost always have two opportunities to think of everyone. That doubles your chances to build relationships, solve problems or have fun.

  4. Julie Gezella
    February 18, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    Sean. That was so beautiful. You have inspired so many people. How glad I was to have met you, and how honored I am to be one of your followers. You have taught me so much and I consider you a trusted mentor. Thank you for showing such a personal side of yourself in this video. Your Dad indeed,left a strong legacy that will continue forever. Hugs.

    • Sean
      February 20, 2013 | 2:58 am

      Julie – You are one of my good friends and true inspirations.” Your passion for others is what makes you such a great leader. Thanks for your continued support and friendship.

  5. Dirk Zeller
    February 22, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Sean, thanks for the great message…honor to be included. Your Dad would be proud of your mission, passion and impact!