Essential Lessons on Life and Valuing Your Time
I recently re-read the article written by a survivor of flight 1549 (the one that landed in the Hudson River a decade ago). Gerry McNamara is a partner at a major executive recruiting firm; his piece is compelling and worth reading for its simple artistry alone, but it’s two of the four lessons he learned that reached into my heart, and which I share with you here.
He, like every other passenger, thought he was going to die. In the days and weeks following the miracle, he wondered why he was spared an early death, and what he could do with this gift. Here’s part of what he learned:
- “Cherish your families as never before and go to great lengths to keep your promises.”
- “Be thankful and grateful for everything you have and don’t worry about the things you don’t have.”
When we’re caught up in the accelerated rhythm that characterizes our daily work lives, we can go days, weeks, and even months without stopping to appreciate – to actually cherish – our relationships and all the blessings we take for granted.
And once acclimated to that harried pace, we tend to be less effective in our time- and self-management. We’re not as clear as we could be about saying “No” to unnecessary commitments. We’re not as strong as we should be in requiring that others not waste our time. We make excuses for why we feel pressured so much of the time instead of accepting full responsibility for our choices.
So, try practicing appreciation for your blessings, knowing that life is short, and fragile, and precious. You’ll become a happier person and a better manager of your choices – and thus your time.
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