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Have You Been Revitalized?

By George Bryant, Vice President, Koontz-Bryant, P.C.

In our community the word “revitalize” is used constantly by all kinds of entities. The federal government wants to revitalize our economy, the state government wants to revitalize our industry, the county government wants to revitalize our sense of community, my church wants to revitalize my faith, and I would like to revitalize my business model after the great recession. We seem to want a whole lot of change but are we really ready to accept it? Typically, I’m ready to sign up for change as long as it doesn’t affect me either personally or negatively. This phenomenon is shared by a large part of our culture.

The word revitalize is defined as “to impart new life or vigor: to restore to an active or fresh condition”. Have you ever asked yourself to revitalize your current frame of mind? How do you begin to even try?

I am fortunate to have a group of friends that help me accomplish this task on a semiannual basis. The Richmond Metro area is where I spend most of my time and I regretfully forget that there is a whole different world two and a half hours west of Richmond. Twice a year in the spring and fall, five of my friends commit to a long weekend and we go on a four day motorcycle ride into Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina mainly. We have favorite routes that we have ridden in the past but we consciously change the places we stay and the specific roads that we ride.

I returned from one of our rides less than a week ago. The scenery as you travel from an elevation of 200 above sea level to 4000 feet above sea level reminds me that change is a natural part of life. We crossed the Greenbrier River, the Bull Pasture River, the Cow Pasture River, the Maury River, and the Calf Pasture River all of which had that blueish green hue associated with mountain streams. The views of rock outcroppings at Senaca Rocks and Eagles Nest along with the ride through Smoke Hole and Crabtree Falls reminded me that there is a much bigger picture that I wanted to be more aware of. I was not the only person looking for a refreshed perspective. Trout fishing season was in and many avid fishermen could be seen wading the creeks and trying to fill their creel. Kayaks were washing down the rivers with their occupants paddling feverishly. You might argue these people were doing what they liked and not attempting to reinvigorate themselves, but I would disagree. I believe you have to take a little time to do what you like to become “revitalized” in your daily routines; then you can approach the bigger issues in life with zeal.

When I got home my wife asked me “How was the trip?” My answer was “I feel refreshed”. I was excited to see my family, to go to work, to go to church, to take on a new challenge, or to solve a problem. I had been revitalized. So I will ask you when was the last time you consciously decided to revitalize your perspective and how would go about accomplishing the goal? The answer lies within each and every one of us.

  1. Share your revitalized story with George by sending him an email or giving him a call at 804-740-9200.