Why are people so focused on the results of their actions, instead of the journey?
We are always pushing to be better. Better at our career, or even as a human being in general. We’re putting so much pressure on ourselves that we actually let life pass us by. Yes, it sounds silly, but in trying to create a better life for ourselves, we are missing it as it happens.
Think about the businessman who dedicated his life to building a successful venture so he could support his family. He worked so many hours that he never spent time with his family. He lost focus on being there for his kids that he missed out on the opportunity to see them grow up. If you were a child, which would you rather have, having your daddy work long hours (which you didn’t understand why anyway) or having him cheering you on during one of your soccer matches? I know which one I would choose.
I fall into routine at times too. I get so caught up in trying to do too much that I need to slow down and smell the roses. In these moments I stop and take look around and just think about what is going on in my life RIGHT NOW. I always find that I have something to be grateful for. My life, my friends, family and the many clients I’ve been able to help. If I have time I hop onto my email and send a thank you letter to each and every person in my life that has touched me or pop on to Facebook to post something meaningful and tag them.
Please take a moment now to enjoy what it is that is going on in your life right now. Focus on your relationships. Focus on how you can tell your family and friends you love them. Nurture those relationships.
What would people say at your funeral if you were gone tomorrow? Would you rather have people say you worked hard, or what a wonderful person you were? Would you rather have a life worth talking about, or have people comment about how you were never there for them?
Please don’t lose focus on the people most important to you. They are worth more than their weight in gold.