Life is loaded with distractions and crisis. Daily we’re bombarded with decisions, responsibilities, and trying to make a better life for ourselves and our families. But are you enjoying your life? Or are you – like me – constantly tempted to be so wrapped with the goal you forget what’s really important?
Even though daily demands create a constant pull on our energy, we have to focus on what’s most valuable. I know one professional who used to spend an hour in the cemetery whenever he felt his priorities were out of order. Looking at gravestones will definitely help you assess your life and that’s always best to do before you’re “pushing up daisies.”
People who make work or success their priority will likely lose everything of true value anyway. They might gain a title, prestige, or money, but if you forfeit your family, valuable relationships, integrity, or years of your life, what have you really gained?
People who are successful share some similar traits. Where they put their priorities are significant in their success. For them, as a general rule, they have strong faith – not necessarily Christian, but they answer to a Higher Authority in their lives and don’t run their lives in a manner that conflicts with their convictions.
After their faith they put family. Building strong relationships with their spouse and children (if they have them) is vital and sometimes they even turn down once-in-a-lifetime opportunities if it means it may jeopardize the well-being of their family.
Finally, third on the list, is work. Their career or business comes in dead last. Yet, by maintaining harmony in these three areas, they have become some of the most successful people on the planet.
So, this week, as you’re filling your life with appointments and spending the minutes you have left, be mindful of what’s taking precedence in your life. Spend time reading your Bible or other inspirational, instructional, text and improve yourself. Pray. Get quiet. Get direction.
Take the good that life has given you, whether it’s a loving spouse, super children, or great friends, and enjoy them. It’s said, “no one on their deathbed ever says, ‘I wish I would have worked more.'” What you give them emotionally can’t be replaced. Your financial fortune can be lost in a day, but the memories you give them will last their lifetime. They can lose money but they can’t lose memories.
So, I encourage you, pull up a chair and audit your life. Where’s your time spent? Are you enjoying the good things life has given you or are you so focused on getting somewhere or accomplishing something that two vital areas of your life are neglected. There’s harmony in prosperity and you can’t have a truly successful life if you don’t balance all three. What’s money without family or faith?