How Important Our Relationships Really Are: We're Shocked And Deeply Saddened By The Terrorist Attacks
By Dave Wooldridge
As the staff at Engine Builder magazine worked to prepare this month’s issue, we, like the rest of the nation, were shocked and deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11.
Like the rest of those in our industry and throughout the country and world who have struggled to make the best of difficult business times, the tragic events and loss of lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania, suddenly made our daily business concerns pale in comparison to what we watched and listened to as events unfolded that fateful day.
The repercussions of those attacks will, of course, last a lifetime. What most affects me, though, when I watch the news or read continuing press coverage of those events, is the loss of relationships that so many thousands of people have suffered.
The loss of a family member is always tragic, of course, but I continue to be struck by just how important all those other relationships we cultivate and nurture over the course of our lives, whether personal or professional, also really are.
I think back to the day more than 18 years ago when I began my business career in the automotive aftermarket. I didn’t know a soul. Yet through this industry’s kindness and willingness to help, I have come to know hundreds of people who have made a positive difference in my career, people who today are an integral part of the fabric of my personal and professional life.
My sense is that our country and our industry will not only survive but emerge even stronger as the months and years go by. Our sense of community and the strength of our family, personal and business relationships will guarantee it.