What Truly Matters?

Today I woke up wondering where my life is heading.

Where am I going with my career?

What is my career anyway? Is it just going day to day, solving problems? Will all the ‘objectives’ and targets we are trying so hard to meet even matter at all in 1 year’s time? In 6 months time?

What will happen tomorrow? Other objectives, other targets? Other problems? Definitely.

Why then am I doing all this? Well, for one thing I’m very good at what I do. For another thing I’m getting paid for it.

But that thought has really given me the perspective that work shouldn’t be everything. The next question to ask is, how do we find that balance between personal life and work?

Now some would say that I have a Gen-Y mindset. The older generations would work hard, work weekends and long hours just to get work done. Maybe some would even say that I can think like this because I can afford to.

I wake up and there is baby Rachel peeking over the side of her crib.

All I see are her eyes and her hair. She smiles at me and her eyes become like mine when I smile.

And then I remember that she is one of the things that truly matter.

I look at my wife who’s already busy preparing milk for baby, and I remember that our marriage is something that truly matters.

I think of the time I waste on various other things like TV, Facebook and even blogging.

Why have I been spending so much time on things that don’t matter? Is this the legacy I want to leave behind?

Who cares about how many mobsters I have, or how much money I make in Mob Wars? Am I a greater man because my blog has a certain number of hit counts?

After I’m dead and gone, will my children think back to that Formula One race or that season of NBA basketball?

I’m going to start spending more time on the things that truly matter, and less time on the things that don’t.

How about you? Do you find yourself spending a lot of time on things that don’t matter?

Photo: Benjamin Turner

P/S: I’m quitting Mob Wars now.

11 thoughts on “What Truly Matters?”

  1. what a conincidence, i am reading a book at the moment which deals with those precise issues – ie what TRULY matters. its called ‘when the game is over, it all goes back into the box’ by john ortberg, it’s a really good read if you can get your hands on it. i’m sure it will answer some of your questions!

    Adino: I’ll check it out, thanks!

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