They don’t produce more time. Tic-tock. Tic-tock.
Last week, three of my four siblings and their spouses came to Montana.
Four months ago I committed to working for EXIT Realty as an Ambassador, Trainer, and Mentor.
Two days before my siblings arrived, I returned home from a fifteen-day trip to Alabama-Mississippi working for the EXIT Realty regional owners. There was – and is – still a lot of activities that need followup.
Last Monday I attended to the basic office activities that accrue when you’re gone for two-weeks.
On Monday night, I went to Glacier Part to be with family.
On Wednesday night I returned home. Thursday and Friday had me diving into the preparation required for the 23rd Annual Bitterroot BrewFest. BrewFest is both the largest fundraiser for the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce and the Best Outdoor Party of the year here in Hamilton, MT. The event was a success. My siblings attended and enjoyed. I committed to serving on the BrewFest committee about eight years ago. It’s fun. The committee benefits from my involvement. I contribute. It’s a yearly obligation.
Sunday – normally a day of rest – was devoted to early AM BrewFest cleanup and then time with my family.
I knew this past week was going to be hectic when I committed six weeks ago to going to Alabama-Mississippi.
I felt a pang of guilt about not being able to be fully present to my professional obligations when last week began with a full schedule of family-time and community-time.
I mentioned this to my business partner Troy Dooley, EXIT Realty Regional Owner, with whom I spent the last two weeks.
He said, “Enjoy! They don’t produce more time. Cherish it!”
That turned out to be excellent advice.
Troy’s comment gave me permission to be fully present and enjoy the time with my family in Glacier Park, at the Bitterroot BrewFest, and in my hometown of Hamilton, MT.
Today I said good-bye to my siblings with a full and happy heart.
As you struggle to balance all of your professional and personal obligations remember the wisdom from my friend Troy: