Over the last five years of doing Sunday Morning Reflections, I've written about a lot of topics, almost always off-track from business and photography. Well, it's a typical Sunday morning. I'm up early, and Sheila is still asleep, and I have a thought I want to share.
I write a lot about time being our most valuable commodity, but just like so many of you, too often I don't use my time wisely. One thing Sheila and I don't do enough of is just enjoy each other as a couple. We spend a lot of time together, but there's a big difference between quality time and being together shopping, working, etc.
This year has been incredibly busy with more travel and new projects and a few weeks ago we decided to disappear for the weekend. I had some Marriott points left, and we headed down to Marco Island. Yesterday was what I'd call the perfect day - we spent it bouncing back and forth between the beach and the pool. The hotel was busier than we would have liked, but it gave us plenty of time to people watch.
We had time to talk - no business, no interruptions, emails, texts - just us. In fact, we left our phones up in the room. As we came back from dinner, the sunset was spectacular, and the FZ1000 came out to grab the image above. It was the perfect sunset for the perfect day.
I've only got one point this morning - we're all working hard to build our businesses, skill sets and network. But, sometimes the most important network of all is with your spouse or that special person in your life. Take the time to simply have fun. Take the time to act irresponsible and just walk away from the business now and then. It just might be the most responsible thing you can do.
Wishing everybody a wonderful Sunday. Hug somebody special today - but even better, take the time to plan a few short escapes from the biz. You owe it to each other to find the time to simply appreciate what you have...and as always, keep those hugs to at least eleven seconds!
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