The following guest post is from Ben of Money Smart Life. He graciously sent over this post when he learned of our family emergency in an effort to give me a breather. Enjoy the post, and then head over to his site to sign up for more articles like this one.
Photo by theritters
Money makes the world go round but people are what make the world worth living in.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily rush of making a living and forget that each day we spend rushing around is a blessing. The opportunity to spend time with the ones we care about is something that I overlook all too often.
Sure, money is important but it’s only a means to an end. The relationships we build in our lives and the people we spend them with are what it’s all about.
It’s amazing how a simple reminder of our mortality can change our perspective and bring things back into focus. I constantly think of my grandfather’s passing away when I find myself slipping into the “busy life syndrome”.
When our young son wants “Daddy” to help or play, I remind myself of how precious our time together is, regardless of how busy I am. I’m not perfect; sometimes I tell him to go ask mom but most of the time I’ll stop what I’m doing, put him on my knee, and enjoy being part of his life.
Hopefully it doesn’t take a scary or sad event to remind you how fortunate you are to be alive. Life’s too short to spend it too busy to enjoy it.
Editor’s note: The past couple weeks have really put things in perspective for me in terms of what is most important in life, and how we spend our remaining life energy. I’ve had a growing list of things I want to do one day–sort of an early “bucket list”–and I fully intend to get started checking off a few items soon!