Two weeks ago, I was sitting in a management meeting and noticed my left hand was shaking. It was just a little tremor and I originally thought it was the result of too much coffee (the working mother’s drug of choice). As the day progressed, the shaking got worse. I knew something was wrong. After a series of doctors visits, I found myself at a local hospital earlier this week, getting a variety of tests done. The purpose of all the testing is to rule out scary possibilities, narrow down the cause, and develop an action plan. My normal routine of kids and work has been thrown off completely. And most importantly, so has my perspective. Today is a day when you realize that YOUR time, the time you spend on things, is not infinite.
Not for me and not for you.
As working mothers, we always seem to dwell on the fact that there never is enough time. As I sat in the hospital, I had an epiphany:
It isn’t really that we don’t have enough time, it is that we are often focused on the wrong things.
And when I say this, I don’t mean we shouldn’t focus on work or home. Quite the opposite. I just mean that we should focus on the RIGHT things at work and the RIGHT things at home. We should focus on things that move us forward at work and not spend time on office gossip. At home, we should spend more time with our children and less time watching television.
A co-worker of mine sent this video around the office last week. Sitting in the hospital earlier this week made me remember it and I wanted to share it with you, fellow Proud Working Mom.
Just like the video says, the day will come when we wish we could have this time back. Watch this video enough times and it could change the way you think about your life. I have watched it half a dozen times. My view is changing.
My health scare and this video have prompted me to ask myself new questions. Instead of asking myself “What am I going to do today?”, I will now ask “Do I NEED to do that? Is it a wise use of my time?” I want you all to start asking yourselves those questions.
Remember PWM, time is short.