I saw this quote when I clicked on a link that promised great quotes from entertainment stars – “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” (Dolly Parton)
I’ve posted here a few times about this topic, but is it so important that one needs almost constant reminders. I also think this graphic says it all…
It is so easy to get wrapped up in whatever we do toi make a living that we actually stop living, at least we stop living the life that we think we are working to achieve. We’re just too busy at work to stop and take the time for a son’s baseball game or a daughter’s dance recital.
I wish that I didn’t have to admit to having done this in my life, but I can’t. There are whole periods in my children’s lives when I was too busy at work to be there. My wife took them to the games and the rehearsals and the other things that I missed. Sure, I brought home good money from those extended hours at work, but at what real cost? The cost was time that I should have been there and the regrets that arise later.
It’s not only the children who suffer when dad is too busy at work; the wives of the missing in action husbands also suffer. It’s all of the dinners that dad missed, because he had to entertain a client or be out of town on business. It is the missed opportunities for a hug or a kiss because you got home too late and everyone was already in bed.
So, the message is that you must focus more time and attention on the real things that mater in your life – the family – and not get so wrapped up in work that you are left with nothing but regrets when the money you earn is spent. You can’t build up memories if you aren’t there.
Take Dolly’s advice and “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”