This past weekend my son played his last basketball game. I know this sounds dramatic, but it was the reality. Granted he is finishing up his 8th grade year but there was still a bittersweet finality to all of this.
Let me add that 2 weeks prior my daughter played her last basketball game. She is graduating from high school and will be heading off to college next year. Both of these events made me reflect on the past 10 years.
I looked backed at the memories that I had from those past 10 years and all those basketball games. I just smiled. I remember all the hot dogs eaten, all the cheering in the stands, all the excitement of winning a close game and all the medals and smiles that were won each time they played.
What a proud dad moment for me as I thought about the growth of my 2 kids. They went from little shavers that could barely get the ball to the rim on a layup to solid players in their own right. My son so proud that he can just about touch the rim and my daughter proud of the friendships she made with her teammates.
You know what thoughts didn’t enter my mind? Work thoughts. I didn’t think about the meetings I had or the hours I put in or the big sale I got. Those thoughts didn’t enter my mind.
Work life balance is so important, work is just a vehicle that allows me to care for and reward my family with a nice house, vacations, fun activities, quality time together, good health and some niceties that make our life easier. It is not my focus.
What are the memories of your past 10 years? When you drift back into the memories, what makes you smile, what makes your heart beat with pride, what made those past 10 years so special? Now look forward and start planning ways to make the next 10 years memorable in the most positive way you can.
Work life balance is important, but in 10 years what I will remember is the life part of my work life balance. What will you remember?
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