I'm going to keep this short, not because there's not a lot to talk about, but because some of the best things in life are best described in moments. But I will say this...
Last night our good friend, Chris Langston, opened up his new bar en Rama in the old Court House Square in Downtown Tacoma. To say I'm proud of this dude is an understatement. When it comes to small business owners, I'm always one to want to help the little guy. Because I'm the little guy too. And I need help. The way I see it, us little guys are all architects building our future in hopes we can always do what we love but with the overwhelming stresses and anxiety that will never compare to the average "9 to 5".
My wife Brooke worked for Chris at 1022 back in 2011. Since then, she has had the utmost respect for him. When I first met him, I was very intimidated because he was a bartender with tattoos and I worked for the YMCA. Then I became a business owner and realized that Chris is not intimidating at all, he's just focused on his craft and doesn't have time to look away, let alone would want to. Like Picasso doesn't want to drop his paint brush, he just wants to keep painting.
Since then, we've followed Chris to every venture he's stepped into. But honestly, he's always had that same look in his eyes. So focused. He wasn't finished. And to the untrained eye, you might miss the artist in the room creating a masterpiece right in front of your eyes.
However, tonight, Chris had a different look in his eyes. No no no, he is not finished. But, his painting is finally coming together. His masterpiece is flowing and he has hit his stride. He was smiling and enjoying the moment with his old team that he started it all with. For me, there's moments like these that I personally can see...legitimately see. Not where he is now, but the process that got him here. Dude has been focused. He has seen this since the first time I met him in 2011.
Like I said, I'm going to keep this short. I'll leave you with this:
As entrepreneurs we are consistently building something. Our productivity puts food on the table, so we can't stop. Even during the good times, we may miss it because we are so focused on the next project. If we slow down at all, maybe bills don't get paid that month. Maybe I don't get paid that month. But sometimes, there are moments like last night that you have to stop and enjoy it. Embrace it. Fully visualize everything and everyone who got you to this point. Don't get me wrong, things are going to get tough for Chris, he's about to be running the busiest little bars in Tacoma. But I think it was important that he had his moment last night. I'm just thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.
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