I usually talk about new little gadgets we see here in the Camping Department, but lately my heart has been heavy about family and just what it means to different people.
What is your definition?
The Oxford Dictionary says family means a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage. I have the same definition with a few added extras. I think its all of the above PLUS alot more than just bloodlines and marriage. For instance, people consider their pets as family, whether it be the usual dog, cat, bird, goldfish or some of the ones we see here at BPS monkeys, beavers and the occassional snake. But what about the great friends you have that you would absolutely give your life for? I even consider my ex-inlaws family still (although I'm sure some people would NOT!) I also consider the people here at the Sevierville Bass Pro my family. We've gone through everything a blood/marriage family would go through...marrriages, births, divorces, death, sickness and all kinds of other struggles that life sometimes hands us. We are all always here for one another.
You may be wondering why I chose to write about this (or you may not be) but the reason is because of a recent tradgedy that happened not too far from this store. There was a horrible bus crash on the interstate just up the road where 8 people lost their lives. Even though none of us actually knew anyone in that crash, it still affected us in some way. Some of us wondered if they had stopped here at "our house" before they headed back home to North Carolina. Did we give them the customer service that each and every person that comes through the door deserves? Were they excited about being here and experiencing all that we have to offer? I dont know, and never will know, if they were here, but one thing is for sure, if they were, we absolutely treated them like family! We don't know any other way!
I don't mean to ramble on endlessly and/or bore you. I just wanted to take a moment to remind you just how inportant family is, albeit blood, marriage, pets, friends, coworkers or even those sometimes dreaded inlaws. Chersih your time with these individuals because we never know when or where we will no longer have that priveledge.
I think about the survivors of that deadly crash, the families that lost loved ones and even my own family. Have we all shown them our love and appreciation enough that they will feel it even when we're not around? Have we left words unsaid, feelings unchecked and were there lives unfinished that day? I try my best everyday to make sure my love and appreciation shows. I don't ever want anyone to wonder about that.
My family here at Sevierville Bass Pro has always been there to pick each other up when we are down. That's why this is truly the best place to work! We try to always treat each other AND each customer like they're a part of our family.
So, hug your kids and your spouse, call your parents and siblings and visit that old friend you parted ways on bad terms with and let them know just how much they mean to you. Life is way too short to put it off any longer. We are not promised another day, so waiting could be the costliest mistake you'll ever make.
Thanks, as always, for allowing me to share with you. I hope to see you and your family here at my Bass Pro home soon.
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops.