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#TheWeekly is an almost weekly review post that models weekly reflection. To be someone worth following, you need to reflect and learn. You also need to be thankful for what you have. #TheWeekly aims to do these things.

What did I do well this week? (I will always start here because I can list 90 things I felt I did wrong this week, and every week!). I gave one of our team members DIRECT encouragement by going into their office, sitting down, looking them in the eye, and telling them how they have been doing an amazing job managing a tough market. This is always uncomfortable, but I am proud that I did this.

What did I learn this week? Sarah told me how great of a communicator Ben is compared to Will (when he was 5) in terms of “what happened at school.” Then she went on Facebook and saw him sitting next to a Fireman that came in that day. Ben’s face said it was the highlight of the day. We had not heard about it. After we finished laughing, I realized that this is the reality of communication. You simply cannot share everything, all the time. My application, communicate MORE, give grace MORE.

What am I going to do with what I learned? Remind team-members to communicate, but still give grace when they are not perfect. Don’t let good enough be the enemy to great!

What is something positive I can share about the world? My favorite Barista at Starbucks and I had an amazing cordial conversation as always Monday at 7 a.m. While this isn’t newsworthy, it is apparent that we are on VASTLY different ends of the political spectrum. And despite this, we can be kind to each other. Always. Gee, there is a thought!

What is a confession or embarrassing admission? I am thinking too much about material things like cars lately. I think the root cause has to do with some silly idea that “I deserve THAT” for all the time I am putting into work etc. Ugh, embarrassing to admit.

What did I notice, or love, or find funny about Parenthood? I noticed that the Boys find things to do (play) when we tell them to turn the screens off. A golf buddy recently gave me some advice on video games, so I have been paying attention to this. We don’t have them in our house (yet), and I think I can buy more time before having to. They’re playing legos as I type this sentence…

What do I appreciate about Sarah? We are doing a neighborhood series at Church. This motivated Sarah to go buy flowers for a neighbor that just lost their dog. Her kindness, and thoughtfulness, always challenges me.

Anything to add to #Baldinbusiness subscribers? The old adage, “whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right,” is a good thought this week. I appreciate all the new subscribers to the blog. I do have a “day job,” so knowing these posts go out automatically to more people is encouraging. Check out Monday’s post as to why I write this blog in the first place. To that end, you matter more than you think to more than you think! That includes me.