Hello Team -
This past weekend, our corporate office hosted the 10th Annual Digital Dash 5K for about 700 people. It’s always a fun event for everyone who participates as a runner or volunteer. I’m so proud of our team’s effort as we set a new Digital Dash record and raised $75,000 this year for 3 very special charities. The moment I will remember most from the event, however, was the huge cheer and shouts of encouragement I heard from the crowd when one young lady crossed the finished line. As I turned around to see what the commotion was about, I saw Lily crossing the finish line with her hands in the air. For those of us who have come to know Lily over the past few years, we understand how special this was. This was Lily’s third experience with us at the Digital Dash. She was too sick to participate during her first year. Last year, she walked the 5k (I still remember the tears of joy when she finished), and this year she ran through the finish with the biggest smile you can imagine while the crowd screamed her name and her encouraged her on. I thought to myself, “This is why we do this. This is what it’s all about!”
Lily is among several chronic (and in some cases terminally) ill children that we have come to know and love through our support of Bert’s Big Adventure. The encouragement and support I have witnessed the past few years from parents, from the Berts team and from our OneDigital family is truly inspiring. Lily is a brave young lady, but it’s very clear that this unwavering encouragement is a huge part of what drives her to keep going. I would never compare a serious illness to the stresses of our business, but it is a great lesson for us all as we head into fourth quarter. It provides us with great perspective to know that even when things get tough, we are still so fortunate to be surrounded by a team that cares about us. As Lily crossed the finish line, I thought of how truly meaningful and uplifting sincere encouragement can be.
As we push through the most hectic time of year for our business, it’s a great reminder of how impactful giving and receiving encouragement can be for those around you. Encouragement and support is what being a part of team, a family and a community is all about.
It probably would seem easier during fourth quarter to put your head down and get to work, but I’d like to encourage each of you to take time to cheer for someone around you. I often find myself guilty of rushing through my day, but thinking of Lily’s smile inspires me to be a better and more encouraging teammate this time of year. Please join me in this effort as you never know when your support could make all the difference in the world for your co-worker and friend.
As always, thank you for all you do and for your amazing work that makes OneDigital such a success. Have a great holiday weekend!