the recent holiday break, I watched the movie "City Slickers" with
my family. Toward the end of the movie, Billy Crystal and his
two sidekicks discuss the best and worst days of their lives
(not including the days their children were born). Being close
to the New Year, it seemed apropos to reflect on my own best
and worst days. It did not take me long to realize how challenging
a task that would actually be.
start, I thought about the possible contenders for the worst
day of my life, both personally and professionally. One day in
particular in 2002 stood out; April 2nd was the day
I was fired by my former employer. The stress of two mortgages
and no job was overwhelming and significantly contributed to
a breakup with my girlfriend at the time.
avoid dwelling too much on the negative, I quickly shifted mental
gears to determine the best day of my life. Somewhat reassuringly,
I had more difficulty picking just one as there were so many
great days from which to choose: the day I read my first novel
in grade school, the day my dad quit smoking, the Valentine's
Day Dance at Western, my first teaching experience, or April
1st of 2002, when I purchased my first house.
much deliberation and consternation over which day to choose,
I came to the realization that my best day was possibly the same
as my worst. Just as it had been for one of the characters in "City
Slickers," the best and worst days of my life were, in fact,
the very same day: April 2nd, 2002
same afternoon, surprised, angry and scared to find myself without
a job and without a safety net, I also concluded I should be
on my own professionally and committed to doing whatever it took
to keep my house. In retrospect, it was the day I realized I
could achieve any goal, so long as I believed in myself and was
not afraid to seek support from others. The experience was as
valuable as it was difficult, and for that I'm grateful.
we're on the topic of relying on others, this issue is dedicated
to those that have helped make this ezine possible over the past
seven years. While it was nearly impossible to select a representative
sampling from the hundreds of past articles, we did manage to
find a few that we thought stood above the rest for their quality
and creativity. We hope you find enjoyment and inspiration for
the year ahead in this Best Of Anvil issue.