A Question of Priorities

A Question of Priorities

Do you know anyone who says they don’t have time for anything? I hear it almost every day: I can’t come! The truth is however, we all have the same amount of time: exactly twenty-four hours in a day – no more, no less.

So why are there people who always complain about not having time and others who don’t? In my opinion, it’s a pure (albeit difficult) issue of balance. To illustrate, I want to share with you a brief and inspiring speech that Bryan Dyson delivered when he stepped down as CEO of Coca Cola.

…] Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends, and spirit. And you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family and friends. Exercise, eat and have proper rest. And above all … grows in your inner life, in the spiritual, which is the most transcendental, because it is eternal. Shakespeare said, “I always feel happy. You know why? Because I don’t expect anything from anyone. Expectations always hurt.”

Problems are not eternal, they always have a solution. The only thing that inevitable is death. Life is short, so love it!

Live to maximum and remember:

Before you speak … listen! Before you write … think! Before you criticize … examine yourself … Before you hurt … feel! Before you pray … forgive! Before you spend … earn! Before you quit … try! Before you die … live!

You may think that this quote is very American (common) or paternalistic (powerful), but what you cannot deny is that it throws truths like fists. From my point of view, the balance of life is a matter of priorities, and there are people who give everything to work at the expense of family, health, friends, or even their own happiness because they are filling a gap with the wrong substance.

In the photo, I showed the balls a professional juggler uses to train. When they fall, they have to be collected and do not bounce, but nor do they break. In real life, things change; work – despite the crisis – will always be there even if “you fall”. It may take more work, but it will come back. Everything else – family, friends, health, personal life – can be damaged if they fall. Do not play with them, or it can be costly.

I try to apply this idea every day, practicing like a juggler in training. Sometimes I fail, but they continue to keep me in the right state of mind. The next time you have the feeling that you do not have time for the important pieces of life, check your priorities and remember this post. And if you see someone with the same problem, share this with them. Do yourself a favor. 😉


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