“Don’t blink son. One day you’ll wake up, take a good look in a mirror and be an old man, like me.” Don’t blink, eh? Simply put but not very easy these days. This was some of the great advice my father gave me on my wedding day almost seven years ago. Yet, I recently told him – I think I’m blinking, dad! For example, my four year old grew and inch and a half since November and I had to take a double take recently when I looked at her because she has changed so fast. Right before my blinking eyes!
After having some good conversation with my friend Dr. Paula Dore-Duffy on a weekend ski retreat (a few weeks ago), we both were reflecting on this blinking stuff and what it felt like to actually enjoy some time away from the “distractions.” Paula works as a Neurologist by day and moonlights with a growing business called Tree In A Box, LLC. After we were both explaining our increasingly productive and busy schedules, she intrigued me with one of the books that she was reading on our trip called Distracted, that I am going to be reading next.
With all of the information at our disposal and knowledge that we seek at our finger tips while juggling other tasks, we are more networked than ever. Yet we tend to communicate even with our friends and family via instant messaging, email, and passing face-to-face moments that are postponed and then interrupted when they do occur with more multitasking, pings, tweets and distractions.
Teaching my little girl to ski.... no distractions.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my job. Businesses today are understanding the value in strong digital marketing strategies with business objectives and sales results beyond just being excited or “distracted” about social media. I am passionate about delivering a wide array of savvy marketing strategies for many great clients. I thrive on delivering results. But what about having a life distracted from living? We need to balance our lives, work hard/play hard. Stepping back and relaxing – removing the distractions is not only healthy but can cultivate greater ideas and creativity.
Growing up, I liked to read a quote that my sister painted for my dad, which he then framed and hung in his work area in our basement.
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ~Henry Van Dyke
Whether I am spending my time with family, friends, clients, prospects, ect… I want to make the most of it all. I want to work hard and play hard. But I have to say, if I keep blinking, I think that I’m going to notice a few more gray hairs too! I certainly don’t want to miss out on my kids growing up. After recently listened to a sermon on a Father’s wisdom, balancing work and family…. Kids will not remember how much money you made but will remember the time you spent with them. Remember to balance it all out. What are some things you do to handle the distractions and stress of today’s world?