I had a great bits and pieces moment today! I stopped at Panera on a couple hours away from the house (thank you, Cory). As soon as I walked in, I made eye contact with the ex-CEO from Polaris. He graciously stood up and came over to say hello to me right away. Sometimes people avoid eye contact or pretend not to see each other...who here can say that hasn't happened? Anyway, we visited for only a few minutes, and it was genuinely good to see him. He told me that he and his wife were talking about me yesterday because he bumped into my aunt who works at a grocery store in the area, and of course my maiden name was a giveaway.
I recall on his first day as CEO, he came in with his Sorels. As I remember it, he wore them all day. I obviously never sat in a meeting with him or was a direct part of any of his Chief Executive Officer responsibilities at Polaris, but I did work there with him for five or so years. In that time, he took interest in me, and the other co-workers that I lunched with. We lovingly called ourselves The Table (and still do, even though many of us no longer work there). Tom would sit with us from time to time, and I think he was entertained by us...or he was our source of entertainment...hard to say. Either way, he's a good man. [The Table: another entry for another day...it's coming.]
I left after eating my lunch (sans the 1030 calorie chipotle chicken sandwich, sadly) feeling warm. It made me think again that all people in our life impact us in some way...may I repeat:
"You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who have ever touched your life. You are more because of them and would be less if they had not touched you. Pray God that you accept the bits and pieces with humility and wonder...and never question, and never regret."
Hoping your bits and pieces make you smile, too.