I have been accused of loving Christmas movies and this year I guess I proved it was correct. My sweet little wife let me watch many this year and I loved them. The thing I love about them is they are happy and always end well. I know in real life things don’t always go the way we thought they would but at Christmas time, it is relaxing to escape for a couple hours and watch something that is uplifting, wholesome and full of joy.
While romping through the Christmas movies, I landed on one (don’t laugh) that had Dolly Parton in it. I have never been a fan of her music but in this movie, she made a statement that was profound. She was telling this young person who was striving to get ahead in life the following quote. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
That is a statement that carries a great deal of wisdom. Ask any person in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s what they most wish they had done differently in life. They never tell you, I wish I had worked more and made more sales calls and spent more time in the office. No sirree, they will tell you that they wished they had spent more time with their family. At your funeral, the size of your office, your title at work, bank account and all the sales awards won’t matter anymore. What will matter is the legacy you leave for your children and grandchildren. Did you teach them well and set the example for them? That’s it.
So, I will end this blog post with Dolly’s words again. “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” KT