It’s easy to say you want to do the right thing, harder to follow through. I’ve heard the phrases “love your enemies” and “teach with love” over and over again, but today I was fortunate enough to sit down with two people who truly embody and embrace their meanings: Ally and Jose Mendoza. It’s not often you get to work with someone in life who inspires you to greatness, while walking the walk with humility, but today I was reminded that I had that exact opportunity with my employer, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. They reminded me how to be an internal and eternal optimist, and showed me that even through hardship, their own grace and ability to move forward will triumph over all. It’s people like this that remind you of your own strength, of your own desire to be a steward of peace and good. I am happy to work for this company because they allow me the space to be creative, to grow as a writer and a person, but I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with these people, who show me not only in word but also in deed just what it means to lead by example. Should you have the chance to meet with several contractors as you go on to complete projects for your home, do yourself a favor and just sit down and have a conversation with one of them – it won’t take long for you to feel the same hope and love they bestow on their employees, and I can’t say anything that would truly describe the benefits of doing so – but you’ll feel it in their work, because that passion and inspiration reverberates through everything they do. I’m honored to work for SUNTEX, and truly grateful for the opportunity.