I Saw the Ocean

Aug 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I was babysitting my niece and nephew and decided to take a walk over to the local ice cream shop. I was pushing my niece in the stroller and my nephew was riding his bike (with training wheels). Like kids do, my nephew took off ahead of me, pedaling as hard as he could. I knew he was coming to a downhill slope that led to a bridge that crossed a small river we needed to go over, and because he was just learning to ride his two-wheeler, he wouldn’t be able to stop.

I ran as fast as I could to catch up and warn him, but he disappeared from sight. As I came to the crest of the hill, there he was — crying — blood dripping from his knees — his bike lay on its side. As he saw me he stammered with tears in his eyes: “Auntie Geri, I saw the ocean and I couldn’t stop. I had to make myself fall. Please don’t tell my momma, she won’t let me bring my bike again.”

In your life as a tower, how many times have you faced moments like this and had to make a split-second decision? How many times have you seen that ocean, and you weren’t quite sure what to do, but knew you needed to decide to do something and do it fast?

Running a business is like riding a bike with training wheels. You go along for a while, making decisions here and there — having those training wheels on for support — and then suddenly you’re faced with a curve in your best-laid plans (or in my nephew’s case a hill) and those split-second decisions you make sometimes prove to be the right decision and sometimes, not so much.

And, next time you’re riding along and “see the ocean,” I hope you don’t think life can be a “beach,” but you really see a beach.