I was beginning to feel like the “balance” in work and life was slipping away. Then, my wife gave me a great gift.
I’ve been working a lot lately, so I asked her, “Have I been working too much? Am I gone too often?” (Translation: Our relationship – it’s good, right? Do I need to be concerned about any family dynamics?)
Without pause, she answered: “It’s not how much you work or are gone that concerns me. What I care about most is whether or not you’re enjoying yourself.”
Her reminder was essential wisdom: When I’m not excited about life, when I’m not alive, I’m not much fun to be around. Whether I have a lot of time with loved ones or just minutes, it’s all wasted when I’m not happy or at peace.
Are you alive? Focusing on that which makes us feel so is one of the greatest skills we can develop to serve our families. (And ourselves.)
Today, what focus will make your heart pound and your excitement burst through your words and actions?
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