As I am reviewing some blog ideas, I felt a slightly different type of blog topic coming on. While working on the computer, contemplating business ideas and reading about the latest video marketing strategies – it occurred to me: If I made a billion dollars this year but the 20 or 30 most important personal and business relationships would suddenly vanish, I would be utterly miserable. I paused to ponder this thought for a few moments and it made me re-contexualize how I viewed work in that moment. Sure we need to make a living, and as business owners we are concerned with ROI, budgets, sales, etc. But perhaps this is a good day to step back and look at the big picture.
Frankly, thoughts like the above rarely had much significance to me “when I wore a younger man’s clothes”. Of course I loved my family and loved hanging out with my friends but I just didn’t think about it with much depth. We were busy trying to make it through school, get a good job, find a girl friend, root for the local sports team, and listening to ABBA, Bee Gees, and ACDC on the radio (that’s what they played on German radio in the late 70’s.)
While I was writing this I got a call from my parents in Germany via Skype video conference, wishing me Happy Birthday. I still feel like a kid when they call and I excitedly told them about the massive amounts of snow we were supposed to get today and tomorrow. It was a really fun call and it’s great to actually see them from thousands of miles away.
Well, what is the take away for today’s blog post? Be grateful for the relationships in both your personal and business life. If you don’t always get a chance to tell everyone personally how much they matter in your life then send them thoughts of gratitude, trust me – they’ll receive the thoughts. We are living in a unified field of life.
Thank you to both personal and business friends, knowing you and working with you is why I look forward to the start of each new day.