Getting Back in Touch

By Jason Rohlf

As is often the case, this past summer came and went in a flash. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m getting older (and older, and older) each year that makes the time fly so quickly, but that window between Memorial Day and Labor Day gets tighter and tighter as the years pass. I imagine a big part of what causes my perception to shift over time is the fact that my kids advance another grade in school, which leaves me saying to myself, “I can’t believe I have an Xth grader now!” Another reason may be the flurry of activity associated with the season. Kids getting out of school, holidays, swimming pools, cookouts, vacations and the like make it seem as if the days and weeks are all one big blur. Throw in the fact that we held our third annual Onspring Connect conference in July (it is always one of my favorite events of the year, this year being no exception), which I followed up with some much needed downtime with the family in Colorado, and I can easily understand why it seems like the summer just went “poof”!

Now if I’m being honest, I am personally not all that upset that summer has ended. I’m not a huge fan of hot weather. I like that my kids have fallen back into their school year routine. I love many things about fall—the temperatures, the colors, the holidays. But I can certainly understand why people get a bit wistful when summer passes us by (especially those here in the Midwest who know what the looming winter has in store for them). Anything that reminds us that time is inevitably passing is bound to bring on feelings of melancholy.

When I find myself feeling a bit down about such things, there is one thing that always seems to ease my mind—getting back in touch with the people and things that are important to me. It seems like a simple concept, and certainly it’s something I can and probably should focus on doing throughout the year. But as I alluded to earlier, summer easily takes a hold of you and doesn’t let you go until it’s done. So the start of fall inevitably serves as a logical point to refocus on such things.

To make this process meaningful, I must start with the obvious first step; namely, identify my people and my things that bring me happiness and contentment. For me this is easy: my family, my friends, my own well being and my work. Everything else outside of those things can wait. The minute summer ended, I immediately got to work on this process. My family and I started planning a vacation. I found weekends for my parents to come visit us. I planned a trip to Chicago to visit my brother, his family and my friends. And, of course, I signed up for the fall/winter hockey season!

From a work perspective, I am just as excited at the prospects of getting back in touch with people and things that matter. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been focusing on the following things that I think will help me get back in touch with why I love working at Onspring:

  • Developed a set of initiatives for my team to focus on in the coming months that will help Onspring continue to grow and succeed
  • Started development on a number of new solution areas, including mapping out the changes I can make when Onspring version 16.0 is released
  • Hired a new member on my team and worked to get him trained and ready to succeed
  • Planned a round of trips to visit some of our great clients
  • And… I finally wrote another blog.

Based on all of this activity, I’d say autumn is off to a rousing start, and I’m not even bummed about the pool being closed anymore. The great thing about working here at Onspring is that we have an “anything’s possible” mentality and a group of people who buy into that concept wholeheartedly, and that leaves me filled with excitement and possibility. I am excited to head into the end of 2019 and move into a new year and decade, and I hope you can also find the time to get back in touch with what matters to you.

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