It’s Your Life: What is Important to You?

Mike —  March 23, 2012 — 2 Comments

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It’s Your Life: What is Important to You? 

I’ve been thinking about what’s really important to me.  Seems like a big topic, and then I get thinking about it and maybe it isn’t so big after all.  At this time in my life, what’s important is, well, important.  In other words, there isn’t much time for the unimportant things in life.

I want to be clear on the things that are important to me so that I can focus on those things and let the other things go.  If I am clear on the important items, I can be sure that my actions are always concentrated on decisions that move the important forward.

I was noticing today how my work life has become a bit hectic and that my day consists mostly of making a series of decisions.  One of the teams that I work on is always monitoring the supply chain and I find that super interesting.  It’s up to us to make decisions that keep material flowing and to set priorities and to delay the unimportant.  It’s a guessing game every day, and I love it because I am very clear we make a difference for the company and our customers.

For me, making a difference in the lives of people is important.  Supporting customers  and our sales associates (even if they never know we did it) is fulfilling.  Supporting associates in another country to meet their objectives.  Awesome fun.  It can even be as simple as a strategic smile or words of encouragement to someone having a bad day.

So, here’s the first two things that are important to me:

Making a Difference in the Lives of Others and Relationships:  I know that I have said many times that quality of life is about quality of relationships.  Let’s face it, without relationships, well, what is life after all?  So maintaining good relationships, starting with God, family and friends, that’s definitely important.

Health:  Without health there is no quality of life.  So health is way up the list too.

After those two things, well, everything else seems like bonus material.  And then I think of one of my favorite quotes and things seem a bit more clear:

To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest criticism and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty and find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2 responses to It’s Your Life: What is Important to You?

  1. Great post! I agree relationships, with God and family first, are priority. I would add that deciding to live every day so that there are no regrets at the end of it, is a good place to start each morning. A year ago my dad passed away suddenly. The blessing for me during such a sad time, was that I had no regrets and nothing left unsaid between us. Just two days ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Going forward with her through this time, I endeavor to live each moment without any regrets and nothing left unsaid between us. The reality is that we only have this moment. What is important is to live in the present with
    all the wonder of each experience and the appreciation for the gift of “now.”

    • Awesome comment Catherine. Thank you for your honest, sincere and insightful thoughts. Your wisdom and experience is a support and blessing to others.

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