My great-grand father died of the Spanish flu during the 1918 pandemic. My grand parents lived through The Great Depression and instilled in me the gift of self-sufficiency. My father fought on the front lines of a war and taught me the value of perseverance.

And now it’s my turn.

My temptation to complain about the hardships I face surprise me. My guilt for not being the husband and father and the CEO and community member and writer I know I can be grips me as I get lost in a stay-at-home-blur.

And I remind myself: It’s my turn.

It’s my turn to think more about others than myself. It’s my turn to endure short term discomfort so more of us can be fulfilled.

The generations before me provide the agency to do what I know is right.

When it’s your turn, what will you do?

P.S. Talk about doing what’s right for the collective, I’m looking forward to our unscripted discussion with Michael Onuscheck in our Collaborative Leader’s Huddle, May 7, at 8 a.m. MTN. As the President of Global Business and Innovation at Alcon he knows how to align cross-functional teams to doing big things. And we all have big things to do. You can register here.

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