This quote is not new to me, as I actually have a little plaque in my office with this saying painted on it. And it is such a good reminder. Never get so busy with your work that you forget to make a life.
I think this is actually easier to do than one would think. We are all so busy. I don’t know anyone who isn’t busy! We live in a society that insists that we keep going, and keep pushing; because of our smart phones, our jobs never really end. And as a result, time passes, no flies, by. We’ve all heard stories of people in their old age lamenting the time they wasted focused on work. There is a danger in that. We can become so consumed by just making through each day, each week, that pretty soon, years have gone by without our realizing it. And we don’t get those back. There is no “re-do” when it comes to our lives.
As parents, my husband and I feel a certain pressure, of course, to provide for our children. There are sports, and clothing, and parties, and extras, and now, college. And we need to work to pay for it all. And I take pride in providing for them. I actually love providing for them.
I just don’t want it to ever get to a point where that providing overrides the more important value of spending time with them. As I always tell my husband, no one ever lays on their death bed wishing they had worked more. I want to make sure we are not on ours wishing we had worked less. Even if we love our jobs, it is such a small part of our lives. Living life as a family, spending time together, and enjoying each other. These are the things we will look back on and treasure. These are the memories that make a life.