The most meaningful things in your life should never be sacrificed to those that are least meaningful - Robin Sharma
One of my little boys spilled juice on the carpet and I got quite upset. I asked him to be careful and I found myself suddenly on my knees applying a whole roll of paper towels to soak up the messy spill. I remember being silent and just so angry, glaring at him when he asked me a question.
I read back into that incident as being insignificant and realize that I reacted poorly in that situation. What’s meaningful in my life definitely includes my family and especially my children. What has absolutely no meaning was a spill on the carpet.
From a larger perspective, one has to think about life in general. David Thoreau said that we live a life of quiet desperation...a "someday I will do this/go there" while we go through the daily grind. We must set priorities and actively planning and working toward your objectives. Are you taking care of your health, your body, spending quality time with those who are important to you…making progress toward your goals and life purpose or just “going through the motions” each day?
I met a very cheerful man on a plane ride who kept joking around and I asked him what he felt was his secret to happiness, what advice he could give me about life. He became totally serious, thoughtful, and finally replied, "Don't be afraid to change things." He then talked about being a repossessor as his first job. He hated the job...seeing children crying and hurting poor families as he took back possessions for the bank and decided to quit even though he didn't have another job to turn to.
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
Frank Lio is a Product Manager, Strategist, and Change Agent in the Hi-Tech industry. His growing track record of successes include creating 3 winning software products, leading nationwide seminars, and turning around a failing business unit. He is currently serving a dual role as Product Manager and Business Team Support Manager at Instron ITW.
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