If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
This is a Reflections that requires very little copy. Read that quote one more time and then think about it. We all get so wrapped up in our own personal priorities and often miss what's most important.
Here's an example:
I was president of Hasselblad USA for twelve terrific years and left on great terms when I was given an opportunity to be involved in a startup. During those twelve years it used to drive me crazy that come July 1st every year, the factory in Sweden shut down for an entire month! It didn't matter what kind of orders we were waiting for; how many hundreds of thousands of dollars hadn't been shipped or what promises we had made to the US retailers about deliveries...the factory was simply shut down.
Looking back on my frustration at the time, who was really crazy? It took me years to respect the fact that the Swedes recognized the importance of time off...QUALITY time off.
Here's another scenario from motivational speaker, Ed Foreman. I heard this years ago, so my apologies for paraphrasing, but you'll get the point.
You say to your spouse, "You know, when I get that promotion at work, we'll have a little more money and then we're really going to have some fun."
A few years later it's, "You know when the kids are out of school, we're going to get some time together and really have some fun."
Then it's, "You know, once we get the kids through college and have the house paid off, we're going to have some fun."
Then comes, "You know, once I retire, we're going to be able to travel. Maybe we'll get that RV we've talked about and see the country."
A few years later you're in your coffin on your way to the cemetery and you realize, "Oh my God, I forgot to have fun!"
So, on this Sunday morning in March...spend some time with friends or family today. Shut off the business. Take time to plan a real vacation this year. It doesn't have to be extravagant, just give yourself time to define what's really important in your life...HAVING FUN! You know how to photograph memories, but do you know how to make them?
Wishing all of you a terrific rest of the weekend. Hug somebody special in your life.
PS That's a shot of our son fly-fishing on the Chattahoochee River and he just talked me into buying my first fly rod! There's hope for me yet! LOL
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