It’s been an intense week; every week has its highs and lows, but this week seemed ripe with many wonderful people dealing with serious life changing events. It made those who were stressing over small things fade into the background, virtually voiceless in my sphere of concern.
A time of transition: some are altogether leaving this world, while others are leaving a job that no longer fulfills them, and yet others love their lives but long to find the balance where they can be fully present with their families while maintaining their workload. Overall, there seems to be an underlying force of change, pulling in one direction or another.
Grace during this time flows from the gift of perspective. When we are faced with life’s big challenges, we relinquish control over other areas of our lives, and we learn to just go with the flow. In short, we choose our battles, or choose where we place our attention or energy. We look at our situation in a different way; that is a good lesson and a reminder for us.
How often do we take on stress because we feel like we need to do everything on our To Do List, or be perfect? Or perhaps we take on responsibilities because we didn’t realize that, “No,” is actually complete sentence, and we do not need to explain or justify why we simply cannot add something more to our plate?
As stressful as daily life can be, this week was a not-so-gentle reminder of what is truly important in life, and what we would regret pushing off to another time.
Family and good friends – these are the people with whom we need to be fully present. They deserve our undivided attention, free of our multi-tasking tendencies. It’s the time we can’t get back after it’s spent. How important is that email anyway? There is no boss, client or household chore more important than a child, spouse, parent, or great friend. Seriously, I promise. I don’t know of any terminally ill person who wished he or she spent more time at work, or cleaning… you get the picture.
So please don’t wait for a diagnosis or tragedy to remember how precious this life is, and how important those are whom you love. Give your full attention to family and friends when you are with them. Have fun NOW and make wonderful memories! (And have no fear, the emails and chores will still be there when you get around to them.) 😉