Mar. 16, 2018

Fixed on Work

It was a beautiful day in Arizona in August of 2011 after a long anticipated flight for a unique retreat. Diana and Jordan had picked up Kevin, Vicki and me. We were off for a great weekend. Moments they were of meeting for the first time the bride of the late, world-famed, Earl Nightingale. Diana had a great program designed for all of us. One clue she revealed in a conversation I'll never forget: If Earl were alive he would probably not have met with us for the occasion, she indicated. Why? He was so absorbed in his work. A let-down? Maybe. But also a lesson for us all. 

As precious time prompts decisions on how best to spend it, Earl, I understand, you would be excused! Mixing with people is very important. Yet demands are tremendous for the greatest good in making use of our gift of alloted time. I face the challenge each day with the struggle. Work, our service to the world we love, often must take priority over sharing our presence in massive meetings where we are only a face in the crowd. Useful and productive work is sacred and demands our best wisdom while gregarious events clamour for our attention...yes, we miss something by our absence but our work and accomplishment must take priority if our goals are met.