Makeover your Mornings: Day 3 (Part 2)

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Since it’s the weekend, I wanted to share my thoughts on yesterday’s Makeover Your Mornings challenge and I will pick up with Day 4 on Monday.

I work with the elderly.  In the short two months I have been working there, I have sent at least 20 people to the hospital, knowing full well that some of them would never come back. While much of my job is office work, I do get to spend a lot of time getting to know the residents and hearing their stories. Somehow, so far I have yet to hear anyone have regrets.  Instead, I hear nostalgic reminiscing about times spent with their spouses, children, and grandchildren. I hear about their adventures around the world.  No one really mentions their jobs.

It is important to me when thinking about my “big rocks” from the Day 3 challenge that I am careful to remind myself of the true “what really matters.”  It is tempting to think that because I spend so much of my time at my job that it is one of my “big rocks.”  In truth, while I want to do well in my job and it is a priority, ultimately my job does not define me or who I am.  When I look back on my life, I want to remember the times I made memories with my husband and my son. I want to remember times of great personal growth where I dedicated time and energy to learning and challenging myself beyond my comfort level. I want to remember the times Peter and I turned the “wouldn’t it be nice” talks into a plan, then into a reality together.

These are the big rocks. My marriage. My son. Challenging myself to push beyond my limits to be a better person than I was before and to do what I didn’t think I could accomplish. I think Crystal has it absolutely right: narrow your life to your greatest priorities and work your way out from there.  Once I focus on the right main priorities, everything else will fall into place.

 

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