Lesson from Loss for Father’s Day

This is the first Father’s Day I will not be able to call my Dad and wish him a Happy Father’s Day. He passed away 9 months ago at the age of 75.

For those of you who have lost a parent, you also feel the void. There is an emptiness in your life, a new permanent “normal. ” No more calling to catch up, pointing out something we both would think is comical, or just reminiscing.

The passing of both my father and Jolie’s last year, as well as COVID, provided some additional fuel for me to make changes in my life and business.

Death will do that to you. Death is a reminder, you are mortal. Life is impermanent.

One of the positives to come out of this fuel for change is our recently established Center for Conscious Living and Fulfillment. We serve folks navigating consequential transitions like Business Exit and Family Succession through programs including Vision Workshops, Vision Retreats, one-on-one coaching, leadership team coaching etc. Many years ago I wanted to join my Father in his consulting practice, but it never came to be. This driver caused Jolie and I to establish our own family business.

We all are facing the road ahead and I would like to challenge you (because that’s what I do best!) to consider how you might architect a life that drives longevity and happiness from here on out.

Here are some resources to up-level your thinking and bring to your summer vacation.

  1. “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge: This is a great book that dives into specific strategies to drive mobility, strength, and happiness in life. In addition, it aids you in disease prevention. It is backed by science and very approachable.
  2.  “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles: This book is built on a study on Okinawa that includes the largest group of folks living past 100 years. The premise is living a life of purpose and how to be fulfilled. For those looking to transition from business to “retirement” or the next chapter this book is a must. “Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb
  3. The Secret Thoughts of CEOs Podcast: In Secret Thoughts of CEOs we discuss the real things that are holding you back from a life of joy, peace and happiness. Our guests are other High Achievers who know that life is short and that finding ways to live in alignment with what we truly desire is vital for us to live a truly congruent and fulfilled life. Join us as we unlock the mindset and strategies necessary to get there, generate even bigger outcomes, and connect to something greater– all without sacrificing what matters most.

The life you were given is sacred. It is also moving by and it is imperative you mindfully navigate in a way that brings you joy, peace, and contributes to your legacy.

Happy Father’s Day

-Chris

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