This year has begun with a jolt for me. In its first week, I lost two close friends to cancer. Their celebrations of life were six days apart. These type of losses and events cause one to think about relationships. They drive us to evaluate and consider the legacy that each one of us is leaving to our friends, families co-workers and clients. To borrow Henry Cloud’s boat analogy, what type of wake are we leaving as we sail through this life?
The reality is that what we do in senior living isn’t about us as designers, architects, providers and researchers, it’s about making a difference in the lives of people. The experiences that we create in the process and the end products are what matters. The relationships that we impact along the way make all of our efforts worth the necessary sacrifices. The design awards and the recognition we receive should be based on the difference we are making.
As we launch 2018, I am committed more than ever to influencing our profession and the SAGE organization into becoming greater difference-makers. It would also be very rewarding to see the results of our legacy...the relational wake we leave behind...before we are gone.