I’ll never forget when one of my wife’s best friends had a baby. She was a dedicated career woman, who decided after a few nervous months at home that she would hire a nanny so she could go back to work and resume her career. Everything seemed fine for a while, until one day she came home from work to hear the excited nanny cry out in joy, “Guess what? Today the baby walked for the first time! You should have seen it!” At that moment, the mom froze in horror. For the first time since her baby’s birth, she realized that by going back to work, all the “firsts” in her child’s life would be experienced by someone else.
That jolt was like an explosion. She dropped her briefcase, called her boss, immediately resigned from her job, and never looked back. At that moment she understood her priorities. She thought her career was number one in her life, but that day she realized her real priority was her family.
Certainly not everyone can afford to stay at home with his or her children, and each situation and priority list is different. But the point is, once you realize your priorities – whatever they may be – everything naturally finds its proper position of importance in your life.
How about you? Did you reach a point when your priorities become crystal clear? Tell me about it…