Last week at a conference for business owners, I wanted the leaders to open up their hearts, their minds, and their mouths at the beginning of the day.
So, after sharing names and where they were from, I asked that they share about the one individual they wished they could have lunch with again – and why.
The leaders were given a few moments to reflect on the question. I then had them share at their tables. The room erupted.
Names were shared, reasons were given, laugher, tears and emotion filled the room. After a few minutes I quieted the room and prepared to speak, when a gentleman from the back of the room barked out, “What about you, John? Who would you want to meet for lunch?”Easy. My Grandpa. He was a great man. He was the son of a doctor who also farmed in his spare time. Grandpa grew up during the recession, served in the Pacific during World War II, was a faithful husband, doting father, generous person and amazing grandfather.
For several years in my late 20’s we met for lunch almost every Tuesday.
We both loved Chinese food, he refused to let me pay, but more than that, I just loved being with my grandfather. He had a big laugh, a bigger heart, a healthy appetite, and had a zest for life. I loved those lunches and I loved my time with him.
But as my life got busier, my reasons for not going expanded, too. When the phone would ring on Tuesday mornings and the familiar, deep voice would bellow the request, “Want to meet at the Chinese place, John?” My answer was often, “Next time, Grandpa.”
My friends, we are all stretched thin and balancing extremely full dance cards. We are asked to do more with less professionally. We have more activities to attend, more events to participate, more carpools to drive, more things to do than ever before. We can’t do it all in life.
But here is what we can do: take the time each day to focus on the important. Take the opportunities to be fully present with the people who matter most. Take the chance each day to risk, to love, to serve, to impact. Take the time to stop being so darn busy and to choose instead to focus on the few things, people, moments that are most important.
Don’t confuse being really busy with being effective. Don’t confuse being out of bed with being fully alive. And don’t confuse trying to say yes to everything with being on fire for the things, the people that matter most.
In order to say yes to the most important, we must we bold enough to say no to the things, the tasks, the stuff that is less so. None of us are too busy, it’s just a matter of prioritizing.
For you see, your priorities inform your decisions, your decisions decide your days, and your days determine your life. [Tweet this.]
This is your day to define what is important to you by what you dedicate your time to.
This is your day. Live Inspired.
Now it’s your turn! Share about the one person you wish you could have lunch with again and why in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear!