melissa on April 13th, 2010 at 10:35 pm #
I’d actually never heard this before, so thanks for sharing. And it’s so true.
I think for me probably the most powerful lesson of priorities came when I left for college. I was going into it a straight-A student, valedictorian, and there was no question that I was going to work hard and do well. I had good role models, too; my mom had been valedictorian of her small senior class and my dad had graduated summa cum laude from his university and had been kicking ass in accounting and finance ever since (and as far as I was concerned, could do no wrong).
At some point before my parents and I said our farewells and they left me to my new dorm, my dad told me, “Melissa, studying hard and doing your best in your classes is important, and I know you’ll do that. But even more important than that, you are going to have experiences and form relationships that in some cases will last you the rest of your life. Don’t ignore that.”
I was never what you’d call a workaholic but to hear that from one of the most intelligent and hardworking people I know–and one of the best people I know–really hit me, and ever since then I have had those words echoing in the back of my head. Doing your best and working hard is good, but there are things that are even more important. Don’t ignore them.
Sean on April 15th, 2010 at 12:43 am #
Well said, indeed, Melissa.
jeffrey bell on April 16th, 2010 at 9:12 am #
Very cool, simple and good to remind us of the important things indeed. But just one big question, what brand was the beer? Cause since its in the added bonus of life section I would want the best beer possible.
Sean on April 18th, 2010 at 8:04 pm #
You bet, Jeffrey. Life is too short for shitty beer.
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