I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SHARE SOMETHING PERSONAL WITH YOU. AS SOME OF YOU ALREADY KNOW, I’VE HAD SOME HEALTH SCARES WITHIN MY FAMILY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS — SPECIFICALLY WITH MY DAD.

While riding his bike, my Dad was hit by a truck at over 50 miles per hour. It goes without saying that he was in really rough shape. After days in the ICU, things were looking even worse. I was standing by his bed and found myself thinking of all the things I wish I had done differently. I should have spent more time with him. I should have come back home to see him, instead of making him always come to me. I should have been there more, called more, hugged him more, and told him how much I appreciate him more.

It felt like he was withering away, literally dying right in front of my eyes. We were told he needed emergency surgery — at this point I was sure this would be the last time I’d see him. When he returned from his surgery I sat at his bedside and saw life return to what seemed like a dying soul. It was as if someone had flipped a light switch and brought him back to life. My Dad is still recovering, but is, without a doubt, alive and because of this, I have a second chance.

The thing with second chances is that they don’t usually come around again. So with this second chance, I plan to spend more time with my Dad. If I have to strap a bike to the helicopter to visit him and take a bike ride to just spend time with him, I’ll do it — because I can and because I’ve been given that second chance.

Ask yourself about your “I wish I had done…” list. Because we all get busy, but at the end of the day, none of us needs to live with regrets. So do something nice for your parents, or your spouse, or your siblings… and spend more time with them. If you’ve been given a second chance, or maybe even a third, you can’t afford to let it pass you by.

And by the way, this is all part of our plan for your Practice. Our goal is to help you get to a point where your Practice is secure and can fully function without you so you can take more time off to be with your family. Take advantage of opportunities to spend quality time with your family today and avoid regret tomorrow.

— Jay Geier