When I pull into my driveway after work,
my eyes rest on the ribbons hanging from my rear-view mirror.
This is my personal car wash.
This is my reminder to clear any negative energy that I may have picked up throughout the day.
This is my reminder to give my family the same kindness and respect that I deliver to those around me in my place of work.
Early in my career I would walk through the doors of my home and it felt like a switch went off. I seemed to be under the impression that I no longer had to wear the smile, or be as patient and sincere.
I found that my patience was short, and I was irritable towards the people I valued the most.
Do you ever do that?
That was not fair.
My family deserves better. They deserve the best version of me.
First, I had to be aware of my actions.
Secondly, I had to do something about it.
These yellow ribbons allow me to be mindful of the energy that I bring through those doors.
This small visual serves as my reminder that when I open that door to my home, I am going to be the best husband and father that I know I can be.