Like most of you, I was quite moved by Mayor Menino’s passing on Thursday. It’s sad to know that someone who did so much good for Boston, with so much persistence, is no longer with us. Similar to when my Dad passed away earlier this year, but obviously not with the same intensity, I once again became aware of just how short and precious our time here really is.
We so easily and stupidly waste it on people who don’t matter and things that are not important. We get caught up in silly games, get stuck in jobs that suck the life out of us. And we spend energy and valuable time on relationships that don’t support or inspire us.
Losing my father was a huge wake-up call for me, a reminder that life really is too short to waste it on dumb stuff. So how do we make sure we make the most of it?
1. You can start by focusing on what you want, where you are going, and what kind of legacy you’d like to have. This was a huge development for me. Don’t get me wrong: I still stumble and find myself caught up in petty things here and there, but now that I am aware of it, I notice this behavior much more quickly than I used to.
2. Make the most of what you have at this moment. Your life may not be perfect, but there are people and things in our lives that become the silver linings. Highlight those things and invest in them.
3. Be grateful. I hammer on this one a lot, I know. But you really don’t know how good you have it until you lose it. So take some time to bask in all you have and be thankful.
“When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.”
— Jordan Smith
Have a great week and remember: don’t sweat the small stuff!