Today many people are counting their blessings that Hurricane Sandy didn’t harm the people they love.
Others are struggling with loss of family, homes, and possessions.
It’s at times like these when we take stock of what matters in our life.
This is such an important process and one we rarely engage in.
What results when we carefully consider our values is a shift in how we spend our time.
Most of us will say we value our loved ones over money, yet will put family and friends aside to take a business call or more hours at the office.
Life doesn’t have to be that way.
Sure, sometimes work has to trump play. But probably not to the extend that many of us think.
We are in a time when the dichotomy of “work” and “life” are not separate. This provides many opportunities and challenges.
The challenge of integrating our deep held values into our work makes more sense when we are faced with crises and tragedies. Yet, we can live a life of full meaning at all times and not just when we are scared or reminded of our fragility.
If you are able to read this and have some quiet time today I ask that you take 30 minutes or so to consider and write down your deeply held values and priorities.
As you plan your work and life going forward, review the list and think about how to integrate what you hold dear into your daily activities.
Your values and actions matter today and every day.
Let’s not wait for tragedies or near-disasters to remember our power to make a positive impact, share our gifts and show our loved ones how we really feel about them.