Unfortunately, most of us
need a little reminder every now and then about what is really important.
Something will happen in our lives and we just sort of sit up, slap our
foreheads stupidly, and say "DOH! Of course! I knew that, but I
forgot that I knew that!"
The trouble is that we never
know when thatís going to happen and, when it does, it may be too late.
If you lose a loved one in a tragic accident, how will you be able to say
those things to them that you meant to say but never did?
My guess is that you probably
donít have to think very hard to figure out your top priorities in life.
Are you taking the time, however short, to think about it? And are you
acting accordingly, spending your time and financial resources where it
matters the most?
I just got a reminder of my
own; my bride of 19 years was diagnosed with breast cancer. After we got
the news I felt two profound emotions: fear and gratitude. The fear, of
course, was about what the future held. The gratitude was for all the time
we have been able to spend together by working at home for over 20 years.
After her first surgery we
learned that it had spread. When the situation is dire, itís easy to
drop the things that used to be soooooooo important and focus on the
things that really are.
I was in the parking lot of a
local market and I saw a man and woman arguing about something. I thought
about how their anger was probably over something that, in reality, just
doesnít matter a hoot. Someday they, too, may get a sudden reminder and
they will hopefully realize how unimportant and insignificant those types
of arguments usually are.
In going back over this
article, it reads sort of negative, doesnít it? (SORT OF???) I donít
mean to put you on a downer, I just want to make sure that you keep
balance and perspective in your life. I want my reminder to serve
as your reminder. Itís amazing how quickly Ďimportantí things
can become unimportant.
Itís easy to work a lot
when you own a small business (Iíll bet you didnít know thatÖ) which
makes it hard to achieve that balance and perspective without some
conscious effort. Are your priorities in order? Donít wait for that
giant reminder to come and slap you in the face. The next time you get
angry with a loved one, ask yourself if it really matters that much.
One of my favorite movie
quotes is from "Mr. Mom", one of Michael Keatonís first
movies. In it, he loses his corporate job, canít find another, and his
wife (played by Terri Garr) ends up going back to work for an advertising
firm leaving him at home to take care of the kids. She ends up working too
much, so he says these eight words to her.
Now Iím saying them to you:
"Itís easy to forget
whatís important. So donít."