There are far too many things I did not appreciate in my life while they were there. Sometimes it was a person. Other times, there were opportunities and experiences I was fortunate enough to have when I was younger I did not fully understand the value of until later in life.
Life pulls us in so many directions. It is a constant challenge to remain focused on what matters most. I don't think there is anyone I have ever met that does not say they wish they had made more of an effort or spent more time with those they love after that person is gone.
Stay focused on what holds true value
This week I almost lost someone very close to me. It was a wake up call into how many less important things win my attention. Without a doubt, I had let other things get in the way of prioritizing time with this person in my life. The stress of sustaining a living and the crisis du jour are always calling us away from our higher priorities.
Today, I am grateful for another chance to shift my focus and be there for my loved one. It was a needed wake up call for me. Not everyone gets this opportunity, so I will treat it with the care and appreciation it deserves. I've sat with countless family members after their son, daughter, or spouse has died of a drug overdose or took their life. It is one of the most painful experiences. You never believe it will happen to you or your family until it does; no one is exempt from tragedy.
Don't hold back
Please use my story and the lives of others to help you refocus on what, and who, really matter in your life. Tell someone you love them, forgive them, or appreciate them. Don't hold back. These moments are priceless; they will not come this way again. Appreciate things now, not when they are gone. Replace regret with the peace of knowing you valued what you had when you had it. In addition, be kind to yourself. You will not do this perfectly, but do the best you can.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.