Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy
Welcome to Day 324 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.
This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom
Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal
Thank you for joining us for our 7 days a week, 7 minutes of wisdom podcast. This is Day 324 of our trek. Yesterday, we hiked on a trail that was carved out hundreds of years ago as we discovered the 10 signs of a life well lived. Today on our trek, we want to learn why life is not a dress rehearsal.
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We are broadcasting from our studio at The Big House in Marietta, Ohio. Sunday was a relaxing day as we worshipped at church with Nat & Elizabeth and four of our grandkids. We then shopped for some more renovation materials and groceries. The afternoon was invested in finishing the painting of the back wall of the bookshelves in the library and visiting for a short time with my brother Jack who is recovering from a recent gallbladder removal surgery on Friday. He is recovering well, and it is amazing the advancements that have been made in surgery. He was in and out of the hospital in about five hours and will be able to return to work on Tuesday. Surgery of any kind is serious. We are blessed to live in such a time. Even with such advancements, we still need to take pause and realize that we need to make time for what is really important because…
Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal
“She called me a bad name.” “He took my toy.” “She didn’t like my dress.” “I had it first.” Ah yes, the thrill of being young again. Remember how important these things seemed when we were young? In retrospect, they now seem so trivial.
Of course, as we get older and wiser, we focus on important things, like showing our friends how successful we’ve become, outflanking others to get a promotion, keeping up with the Joneses, and ensuring that we look young — forever. You’d think we’d have learned something from our kindergarten days, wouldn’t you?
The truth is, we’re often so busy running on our treadmill to nowhere that we can lose focus on the things that really matter in life. Before we know it, the seconds have become minutes, the days have become weeks, and the months have become years. And when we finally take the time to catch our breath, we look back in retrospect and think, “Where did all the time go?” As I am approaching 60 this summer, this hits all too close to home.
It’s so easy to be blinded by ambition, power, and success that many folks miss out on the simple pleasures of life. For example, do your children’s birthday parties, sporting events, or recitals make your priority list? Are you available to counsel your friend in need? Do you make the time to help your kids with their homework, to attend back-to-school nights, or to put down your newspaper, smartphone, and iPad when your family wants to tell you about their day? Or, is something else more important to you at the time?
Now, I know that you lead a hectic life and that you’re getting pulled in many different directions. The truth is, it’s not that you don’t have enough time to devote to things that matter to you but rather, the time needed is spent doing something else instead of being invested into what is truly more important.
It goes without saying that every time you decide to focus on one thing in your life,