“How are you doing?”
I typed the standard greeting in a message to a friend I hadn’t talked with in a while.
“I’m good. Just busy, busy, busy. Like crazy busy. Hardly any time to catch my breath these days. I envy you, though. Love that picture of you in the hammock.”
The picture I posted was from a recent retreat where I spent 12 hours a day immersed in learning new things, meeting new people, and embracing some lessons. Ironically, I was working from the hammock when I stopped a few minutes to reflect with gratitude at the beauty of my surroundings. I snapped a picture and posted it before heading back inside to rejoin the group.
At the retreat, I had the honor of signing the Book of Greats, a book owned by Pravin Cherkoori from Vienna, Austria, that also held the signatures of Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning). While I was signing the book, I was thinking about the great people in history, the ones who have left their mark on the world…and I realized something…
They focused on what mattered.
All too often, we get lost in the day-to-day shuffle. We gamble the minutes in our day in the hopes that we can “live” our life down the road…when we have time.
Mother Teresa, Gandhi, and Viktor Frankl all had the same 24-hour days that we each have. They each chose to focus on something that mattered to them. They focused on what mattered most: the things that brought about change in the world. The things that left a legacy long after their time on this earth ran out.
So in the helter-skelter dash through each day, take the time to renew your spirit and to reflect on what really matters. The anger you momentarily feel at the driver who cut you off–will you remember it a year from now? The red light you’re sitting impatiently at–will it change anything a few hours from now? The temper tantrum your child is pitching at the grocery store–will you remember it on graduation day?
There are so many thing that happen throughout each day–things that we often react to without thinking much about them. They steal our time away–time that we cannot get back.
Focus on what matters. Focus on the things that make your soul sing–the things that shape your life story for years to come.
And the stuff that is so very temporary–let it go.