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Archive for April, 2011

Ah.

Life is short. 

When work + life start to feel unmanageable, remind yourself of a moment when you felt human.  A time when you were close to family and friends, and were truly happy.  This photo is such a time for me.

The inspiration for this post came last week when my coworker showed extreme class, and reminded me that we are first and foremost humans.  Family members.       

Without warning, this person’s family member had a severe stroke.  As they flew across the country to join up with their family, their loved one lost grip with the world.  No more sight.  No more speech.  No more world comprehension.  Ever.  A day later, while by their bedside, my coworker wrote an email to a few of us who offered her their hands and time.

She wrote this sincere, brave email and I couldn’t help but share it here for the benefit of all who seek ‘life’ outside of work:  

“Many of you have asked me to let you know if there is anything you can do for me at this time.  Please do this: take the time to reach out to loved ones to tell them how much they mean to you.  If you are at odds with anyone in your life, please fix it today.  You will always have another chance to send that email, or complete that work task.  You may not have that chance with the people that matter the most to you.  Life is so fragile and not to be taken for granted.  I am fortunate to have no guilt or regrets and I wish that for all of you.”

I don’t often write posts of this tone.  But, this message stuck with me.  While most messages sent to me over email, just like this one, get thinned out over time, and eventually get lost in my disorganized inbox, this one remained top of mind for 7 days.  Unheard of.   

This reminder is vitally important if you truly want to lead a fulfilling life.  Spend time with your family and enjoy your friends – every time you can.  Life is precious.     

lh

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