The Truly Important Things in Life

If I were to ask people, “What is the most important thing in life to you?”, I would get a wide variety of answers depending on who I talked to and maybe even where they lived.
For some, it would be their passion for sports, for some art, for some their jobs, hobbies, entertainment, families, spouse or a long list of other things.
Unfortunately, in the times in which we live, acquiring things and seeking pleasurable experiences seem to be given a very unhealthy priority.
I know this is not true for all people, obviously! But I believe it’s clear that many of us have lost touch with what is truly important and valuable.
Taking Inventory
Whether you realize it or not, or whether you believe it or not, all of us make choices every day based on an internal set of values, good or bad. It’s the way you were created and it’s literally like a compass that guides our lives.
You may be one of those people whose personal, casual and business relationships are healthy and balanced. But if you’re not, maybe it’s time for you to take serious inventory and reevaluate what is truly important in this life, because it passes quickly.
My Personal Story
With my personality, I tend to not like being interrupted when I’m busy or enjoying some quiet downtime at home. Like most people, my days include a variety of tasks that need to be performed well in order to do my job effectively, so I really value my personal time and time to be with family.
I was recently made aware of something in my life that I was not comfortable with. I guess if truth be told, I did not want to admit that I could be guilty of this thing. And that is the fact that my personal preference of guarding my valuable time had been guarded too closely lately, and was in fact, potentially hurting someone I love very much.
I don’t like being on the phone much, so I like to be the one to choose when I make or receive calls. I do not like surprise phone calls…which again was my personal preference.
However, when I was confronted with the truth that my selfish preferences were hurting someone I love, I had a choice to make. And fortunately, after taking a quick personal inventory, I made the right choice, asked forgiveness of that person, and reprioritized my personal preferences.
Don’t Live with Regrets
By now, I hope you’ve figured out that what I’m suggesting as being the most important things in life are people and our relationships with them.
Make your family and personal relationships a high priority. If they’re not already, take some action this week, or better yet today to make that happen. Life passes so quickly, and decades disappear like a vapor. I speak from personal experience, so I made it a habit several years ago to let people that are close to me know, beyond any doubt, that they are valuable, important and that I honestly love them.
You don’t want to pass from this life without depositing something lasting and valuable into someone else’s life and hopefully several people you’ve shared your life with.
If you have children and grandchildren, it’s even more important that you leave a legacy behind for them to follow, so that they know and understand how to live so that their lives have lasting impact in those they relate with.
You were created for purpose and destiny to impact the world around you, regardless of how large or small your circle of influence may be. All of us can and do influence the world around us. But the degree of influence and impact we have on a person or a group are determined by how well you know who you are, what you were created for, and how much you believe in it.
There’s an ancient Middle Eastern piece of wisdom that says “What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” In other words, from the time of our birth to our passing, we make it through life by many people contributing something valuable in our lives.
The more serious you are about searching for true value and purpose in your life, the more lasting value and impact you will have on the world around you. And hopefully, you will leave this earth with a sense of fulfillment and knowledge that you did the best you could with what you had been given.
Dennis Botz

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