Stand Tall

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So there I was sitting in the lobby of the doctor’s office waiting for my name to be called. I was the only one, but even at that, the line wasn’t really moving. So I had a bit of time on my hands.

I have one of the best doctors in the world. Knowledgeable, empathetic and responsive. He and his fellow physicians upgraded their clinic a couple years back so the ‘patient experience’ in their new lobby has improved quite a bit.

There is a new TV screen for instance. They had pictures scrolling through the screen of some of the doctors when they were younger – with their families. They also had pictures of some of the babies that they had delivered into the world. One of the doctors delivered my 3 children so it was quite impactful to see how this doctor’s practice had impacted the lives of their patients. Caused me to reflect on how they had impacted mine – and how lucky I am.

In the midst of all these scrolling pictures they would intersperse some interesting ‘Did you Know?’ factoids and trivia.

One piece of trivia really struck me in particular.

‘Did you know that you are 0.5 cm taller at the beginning of the day than you are at the end of the day?

Wow! Now I found that fascinating – truly, I did – in a ‘doctors’ office entertainment’ sort of way.

But you start to wonder…where do you lose that height during the day? Where does the 0.5 cm go?

Sitting there I started doing some of the math in my head.

With 7.4 billion people in the world – that would mean that, us as humans, lose some 3.7b cms each and every day. Looking at this another way, it means that on this earth, we in the human race lose some 37,000 kilometers of height every day!

37,000 kilometers! I can’t over-emphasize the gravity of the situation. That is like driving the TransCanada Highway back and forth 3 times…with a short jaunt from Vancouver to Calgary added on for good measure.

You start thinking that there must be some giant ‘whack-a-mole’ at play here. You get up in the morning full of vim and vigor, ready to take on the world, and then by the end of the day you feel like somebody has lobbed 12 anvils on your shoulders – as you slump into your Lazy Boy rocker, sipping on your glass of Chardonnay…falling asleep and then waking up realizing that missed yet another ending to some great movie you were watching.

‘Did they ever find that Keyser Soze guy?’

I mean, when someone says that they feel like they are carrying the ‘weight of the world on their shoulder’…well – they are – 37,000 kilometers worth in fact!

It’s a wonder anyone gets through the day.

Losing that amount of height every day is enough to make an NBA scout shudder in fear!

But fear not– now this is an important point.

You get back that 0.5 cm at night when you sleep!

Yes, it seems that your body is prone to restoring itself and begins to stretch out again during sleep. Ergo, you wake up in the morning 0.5 cm taller than when you went to bed!

This morning I am happy to report that I got my 0.5 cm back again and am back up to my usual 175 cm. But in running a transportation software business that provides brokers with brokerage software, and truckers with trucking software, I do often think about the men and women who get up every morning ready to take on the world running these trucking and brokerage businesses.

I think about the activities and tasks they have to complete that day – all that customer handling, all the dispatching, all that invoicing, all that paying…and worry whether they can handle ‘all that jazz’ each and every day.

For me, today- the day before I go away for a short vacation – I understand and appreciate the toll it can take on your body, and sometimes your spirit.

But as I am away on my vacation I will be spending more time working on getting back that 0.5cm – than on having it ‘whack-a-moled’ down each day here in the office. (It’s really not that bad…but it fits better with this blog topic!)

And I will take some comfort in knowing that the software that our company creates, distributes and supports – the work that our people do – helps take some of the weight of the world off the shoulders of those business owners, dispatchers, and administrators who use it.

Now, if you don’t mind, I am going to go and enjoy my growth spurt!

Murray Pratt
President & CEO 

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