Don’t just stay where you are because you forgot to get out – Peter Pace, retired Marine Corps general and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
The above quote is a paraphrase of one of the many poignant points I heard in a recent lecture at Fordham Graduate School of Business. You can read a longer summary of the General Peter Pace lecture HERE.
It was an amazing lecture that I squeezed in during a particularly busy time of week. Now that time has passed, I still appreciate the lessons from the lecture, but I can’t recall why I was almost too busy to attend.
Of course, I’m still busy now. As I write this, a friend of mine from college (that’s over 20 years of friendship!) is coming over for the day. It was a day I was planning to get to my holiday cards…
We all get so busy and sometimes it’s hard to let go of what’s immediately in front of us. But a talk by a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a rare opportunity, as is a visit from an old friend. The busyness will always be there, but we will more likely remember the moments we thoughtfully choose and prioritize.
So in the busyness of the holidays, let’s be more deliberate about how we choose to spend our time, how we prioritize our attention, and how we expend our limited resources. I plan on focusing on family, friendship, and setting a foundation for a running start in 2013. What will you focus on? Are you happy where you are or did you just forget to get out? Is your life by YOUR choice or by circumstance?