Life is What Happens When You're Busy Making Other Plans
The title quote/lyric above appears in the song "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon. I used to sing my son to sleep to that one when he was a baby, and it remains one of my favorites.
I was reminded of that line the other day when I was eating lunch with my family at a nearby restaurant. Every once in awhile, I have something happen that reminds me of how blessed I really am, and that was one of those moments. It wasn't anything specific, just being with my wife and all of our children laughing together and enjoying each other. Whenever I think of it at times like that, I take a mental snapshot so that I can "refer" to it later.
I am truly happy and content with my life. Of course, I've had my share of struggles, but I don't think I've ever been more comfortable in my own skin than I am today.
Kids grow up too quickly, and I remember when we found out that we were expecting our first child. Now, that same child seems to be officially starting puberty, if his questions and concerns are any indicator. This makes me feel a little bit old sometimes, but it's just part of life.
Rather than focusing on business and goals, which are transient, I try to put people first, because they matter. I often imagine what my life will be like when I'm truly old (assuming I live that long). Will I care if I have a nice home or lots of money, or would I prefer to have loved ones who know that I did the best I could to love them unconditionally? I'm not saying that money is utterly unimportant, but it's not my #1 concern, nor will it ever be.
Some of the happiest people I know have little material wealth.
Don't miss out on the life that God has planned for you by getting bogged down in the details of your business. I promise you that you are here for a reason, and it's not just for work.