Posted by: David D. Daggett | December 29, 2008

True Meaning

True Meaning

      What gives your life true meaning? I don’t pretend to be able to answer that for you, but perhaps can help you explore the issue a bit further for yourself.

Mom, Dad, Siblings at ASU Classroom Dedication

We have previously discussedAnchors in life, and I would suggest that if your anchors are intact then you are on track for finding true meaning. Even with our anchors in place sometimes we don’t, or won’t, further explore meaning. However, dramatic events can force us into exploration. When something dramatic happens you can use it as an opportunity to explore your true meaning.

Our family recently experienced traumatic, hopefully once in a lifetime, events that have prompted some serious thinking. To make a long story short, this past week my parents had a fairly significant house fire (lost much of the important “stuff”), Dad was transferred to the burn unit at Baptist Hospital. Dad is out and will be OK. Mom is an emotional wreck (understatement). The aftermath of a fire is beyond description if you haven’t been through it. It is incredibly moving and emotional. We are all about out of tears.

My sisters and I have put a plan in place to handle the practical, logistical, and business aspects of the many issues we will face, and many yet to figure out. We are grateful for many positives including physical health, family, and the outpouring of love and support.

Saturday, I finally got a chance to take off for a long bike ride up and over the Blue Ridge Parkway including climbs up Agney Gap and Bent Mountain. Like any good Ironman that’s when I do a lot of my best thinking. I just let my mind wander, and interestingly it was completely filled with thoughts of thankfulness.

During tough times we can all be thankful for what we have instead of being sad for what we have lost. In this situation everyone will return to full health. Family is still intact and closer than ever. The outpouring of love from extended family, friends, churches, and colleagues is simply awe inspiring.

Tough times also make us think more about those families and individuals our Daggett Shuler teamhelps and serves. Folks who are seriously injured, disabled, or hurt at work go through more than most of us ever know. Perhaps I can relate a little better now. Certainly this week has given us a better understanding of True Meaning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those in our community who have experienced loss and heartache this holiday season. Their pain is a little bit more real to us now.

Moving forward our family will probably view the world just a bit differently. Certainly we will count the blessing we do have more and count things that aren’t so important a bit less. Thanks for your thoughts and support!

Please remember Fire Safety. We wish you and your family a safe and happy New Year!

Find True Meaning,



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