Sometimes my life is so busy doing what is urgent, that I don’t focus on what is important. Can you relate … doing what needs to be done at the cost of what should be done? Here are some thoughts about that …
Recently, I got to visit my Grandma. She is almost 98 years old and describes her current situation in this way: “My forgetter works overtime.” There are times now that she doesn’t recognize me when I visit, she can’t tell you what she ate for breakfast and she usually doesn’t remember what she was doing an hour earlier. But she can always tell vivid stories about the handsome gentlemen whose picture is hanging above her dresser. She may be loosing her short-term memory, but she still has the memories of times spent with my grandpa when they were first married and raising their two little boys in Colorado. After one visit, I was talking to Bret and made the comment that it was sad that she doesn’t really know what is going on around her. Bret’s response was profound. He said, given the option, he would definitely choose remembering me over what he ate for breakfast. Good point! It is much more important to remember our relationships and those with whom we share our love than the irrelevant details of life.
So, if that is what really matters, why do we often focus on the other? In addition, many of us feel trapped in jobs we hate or other situations that are emotionally draining. We know there is a chance of true happiness or huge success, but we are afraid to take the risk because of the change and uncertainty involved. We are stuck living a life we would rather forget than investing in something worth remembering.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs
Are you willing to invest in what you love and will make a difference in the world, or are you willing to settle living a life that’s not worth remembering?
Let’s live a life that we will be happy to remember when we are in our twilight years – focus on what is truly important today!