I found this little gem on Businessweek’s website that really got me thinking:
Risa Wexler, Media Director/Team Leader of Pfizer, working mom, wrote:
I was racing around like a lunatic trying to get out of the house one morning saying, “I have to make the bus! I have to make the bus!” And my son said to me, “Mommy, what happens if you miss the bus?” I stopped dead in my tracks and said, “I take the next one. Show me what you wanted me to see.”
Sometimes, we lose track of the really important things in life. Sometimes, we forget that some things can be delayed. There are days when we can afford to forget about the pile of dishes in the sink for an hour or two… or work on that project paper later in the night when the kids are asleep… or shut down the computer for an entire weekend, just so we can spend time with the people who matter the most — our family.
Which is why, in my office, in a spot that I never miss, I’ve posted a huge printout of a quotation that serves as a constant reminder to me on my priorities in life: “You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.”