Time for Fooling Around and Other Priorities
Sometimes I stop and think; how does he/she have the time? reported a story yesterday in the about . It’s been over ten years since we packed our four kids off to college and times have changed. Parents are more involved in their kid’s lives and many colleges offer 2-3 day orientation programs that include Mom and Dad. How can so many people spare the time?
A very close friend of mine is getting a divorce. Her husband of twenty-nine years has been having a long-standing love affair and he wants out. This man runs his own business, attends every family function and all social engagements. He coached his son’s sports team each season and never missed his daughter’s dance recitals or choir performances. When did he find the time to cheat on his wife?
Every generation seems to see the values of the next generation through a different lens. For my father-in-law, remembering the depression left him with a work ethic that put financial security above all else. My generation, the baby boomers, made it a priority to work a little less and attend more of our kid’s sporting events and school programs. I can see how my daughter’s generation will have even more time to put family first. Her job with an advertising agency gives her five weeks of paid vacation a year plus seventeen paid holidays and unlimited paid sick days.
I like the direction we’re headed. Technology and telecommuting gives me the flexibility to take my mother to the doctor in the middle of a workday and I don’t miss a phone call. , created our website, keeps up with thousands of pages of code and turned a concept into a movement. He does all this and more, while being a stay-at-home Dad to his five year-old son, Ben. It’s easy to know your priorities; it’s hard to find the time to live them.
I can do it all; I've got lists.
Yet, why do I sometimes forget to talk to You?
Were You not on my list?
Help me to keep You at the top of my list,
to keep my priorities in line:
You, family, friends, community, career.
Help me remember, I cannot
always do it all, only You can.
Help me to do whatever I do
with You ever most in my mind.
I trust You to help me navigate
these hot springs of my life.
Transport me to my next stage,
where I will prosper and grow,
with your guidance and love.
I trust You to get me through.
Yes, this hot flash- and all the others- shall pass.
posted by Susan Diamond“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~Author Unknown My core values of honesty, respect for others, truthfulness, being charitable, being a good wife, loyal friend and teacher to my daughters are examples my mother taught me. What a wonderful forever ...
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