Life is short. How many times have we heard this? Or the story of the guy on his deathbed. What does he say? “I wish I could have spent one more day at the office?” Of course not! He thinks about the family he could have taken better care of or spent more quality time with or perhaps all of the opportunities he passed up because of fear or not seizing the moment…that one window of opportunity lost.
A horrific tragedy struck one of our students today. God bless him and his family. Oh man, this has been tough. Our President, Dr. Kevin Kirk and our Director of Student Services, Jamie Kidder are remarkable individuals and two of Oklahoma’s greatest gifts. I couldn’t do what they do and OH, how I admire them. It is during these times that we realize how fragile this existence really is and wondering to ourselves as to why we haven’t maximized all that life has graciously offered to us.
Ask yourself if you are spending time with the people you care most about. If you are not; change immediately…don’t waste another minute. If you are holding a grudge against a friend or family member, let it go and reconcile now. If you’ve done something to hurt a loved one, ask for forgiveness. If you have that nagging feeling that you should be calling a friend or family member, make an appointment on your calendar (this week) and do it. A huge burden will be lifted….please trust in me. Feeling guilty is an internal gift that you have to listen to.
Many of us at the college enjoy Harvey MacKay’s weekly column in the local newspaper. He has it all figured out! His book, “Swim with the Sharks”, was my first business book to read and I’ve been a fan of his customer-focused opinions ever since. His writing is straightforward (too many sports analogies, however, for my taste), but reflective. This is my favorite quote by Harvey: “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Someday Syndrome: “Someday I’ll… finish school, I’ll eat well and exercise, I’ll visit my brother’s grave, I’ll be my own boss, I’ll have time to travel, I’ll get married, I’ll have the money to take time off, I’ll quit smoking, I’ll quit enabling, I’ll dump the loser I sleep with, I’ll get saved, I’ll write that book, I’ll start cooking, I’ll quit cussing, I’ll be a foster parent, I’ll buy a house, I’ll be an involved Mom, I’ll learn…..”
STOP. Please Stop. Stop making excuses and start living! You may not get the opportunity tomorrow.
And…that is my cue to say goodbye and go do something I’ve been meaning to take care of. Talk to you next Friday!