As we come to work everyday for Avnet on behalf of partners, suppliers, employees and shareholders, it always good to reflect why we do what we do and how far we’ve come. Avnet has been a big part of my life for 18 years and has given my family and myself a great opportunity to thrive personally and professionally. However, there are folks in the back ground who go beyond the call of duty to support us as we give our all for Avnet.
My biggest backer is my wife and this is a reflection of how our “teamwork” evolved and continues to change things for the better. I don’t mean to say there are not difficult times too, which we have had to deal with, but life and business have a common theme of “change”. Life like business can be “transformational” as the environment or things around us evolve. Life like business can throw some curve balls at you and you have to be “Innovated” to adapt to the new realities to create a better business, life or you. As an example, this is happening right before our eyes here at Avnet with new branding, new business models and investment in our employees as IT changes more rapidly than ever.
My reflection looking back is both personal and professional. As they say, sometimes, you have to look back to see how far you’ve come in preparation for what’s in front of you. My writing is not intended to offend, change or suggest anything to anyone regarding love, relationships or spiritual belief. Its really intended to be a form of expression of the faith in people and in this case my wife who had managed to get the most out of me (sometimes painfully . I did take the opportuntiy to use Mother’s Day as it is a day to celebrate all those mom’s who make life so much better for us all.
The Boy Loves the Girl
My life has gotten better with you in it. A boy 21 and a girl 18 met on October 21, 1978. For the boy, it changed the rest of his life.
The boy in blue knew only of a small world and did not venture far from what was his real world. The girl took the boy by the hand and showed him that there was more to the land than the boy ever knew. The boy became excited and wanted more of the wealth and fruits of the land.
The girl helped and educated the boy and he began to grow. The boy in blue began to wear a tie and no more was there blue. The tie turned to a suit and tie. The boy in blue was no longer a worker in the field, but a manufacturing manager, a husband, a salesman, a father, a graduate, a sales manager, a business unit executive, a vice president and general manager, a vice president of sales and business development, a senior vice president and sales and today the boy who use to wear blue is a senior vice president and general manager. All this happened because of the spirit and the girl.
The girl helps the boy see things more clearly and had him focus because she knew the boy could do wonderful things if he would try. The boy has always been grateful that the girl has been there for him. The boy asks forgiveness for the times the boy acted like a fool. The boy prays to the spirit and asks for forgiveness as well. The boy never forgets and hides his head in shame as he remembers the times of trouble. The boy understands that being hard headed, mean, jealous and aloof are traits that a man of the spirit should not follow, especially with the one he loves. The boy pledges, prays and works for daily improvement.
The girl is sweet and life giving. She cares for all and has a heart of gold. The girl is beautiful both inside and out. The girl loves the boy. Always will and always has. The girl is proud of the boy and knows that he too has a good heart and good intentions. The boy asks the girl to continue to support and guide him for she and the spirit have taken what was bad soil and turned it into fertile soil and blessed the land. The girl is blessed by the spirit and he has given her the strength, wisdom, patience to guide and love the boy. The boy is forever thankful. For the boy knows the spirit can give and he can take way too.
The boy is thankful for the girl. The boy is committed to the girl until the day he turns to dust. Even then should he die before the girl, he will wait for her in Heaven, so they can reunite and be together forever. If the girl should go before the boy, the boy will love no other, for he will wait until he passes and reunite with her in Heaven. The girl will be in his heart forever. The spirit has blessed the boy with the girl and he is extremely thankful. The boy loves the girl. Always has and always will.
Thirty-six years later after the boy met the girl, he loves her more than ever. The boy cherishes every moment with her. The boy wishes the girl Happy Mother’s Day! The boy loves the girl. Always has and always will.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom’s of the World!
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This post was written by FJ on May 13, 2014