Posted on 7/1/2017 10:03:00 AM
by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President
...inspired by the loss of a leader and friend
We all observe things in our lives from time to time. Often those moments come when we are dealing with a change in our ‘routine’, maybe even in the midst of a crisis or life-altering event.
At Community Bank of Elmhurst, we just lost an important person in our lives. The Elmhurst Community did as well. Darrell Whistler, long-time community leader and volunteer, CBE former employee and Board of Directors member, passed away, leaving a void that will be lasting in many, many ways. Darrell’s passing, his election to CBE Board of Director Emeritus status, and the community’s expressions of loss led me to some observations.
- I need to count all the shades of green that exist in the summertime. Countless maybe.
- I need to never take a fireworks display for granted. They are always special.
- I will be mindful of people’s aspirations. Be supportive and listen.
- I will try and be more receptive, less guarded. Smile more too.
- When in doubt – I will try it anyway. Get more curious and have adventures again.
- I will sit and remember lost friends. Lost forever and lost, but still around.
- I will treasure family more. And then, even more.
Just some observations.
I’m starting on all of them.