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Making Family A Priority

Jul 23, 2008
Finding time for family has become one of my highest priorities lately. As the United States and the world move into a downward cycle that we may or may not recover from in the medium term (topic for another article) many peoples minds turn to things that will give them security. Things that they know are the important things. Like family.

In my mind the family ranks right up there with the most important things in life but often family is one of the first to be let go in the name of the pursuit of our goals and ironically it is often in the name of the family that we are pursuing the goals that take us away.

We justify our absence of time with the family saying it is for them that we are doing what ever has become temporally important to us. This I think eases our minds while we stroke our egos with our own pursuits.

I think this approach is backwards. Of course there are times when we are going to be out of balance while businesses or projects are being built but this should be guarded against as a lifestyle. When a constant state of building destroys those things that are important we have truly become unbalanced in our life at the expense of those things that are priceless.

In order to counteract this trend we must make time spent with the family a nearly unchangeable priority. One that can not have an exception except under extreme circumstances and I mean extreme! Life or death or one in which a future livelihood hangs in the balance. Guard against taking family time for an over rated to do list that somehow grabbed our attention in the moment.

Steven Covey talks about this in his classic book 7 Habits of Highly People when he discusses the urgent as opposed to the important. It is a tread through out the book and it should be in our life also. If you have not read the book I recommend you do so immediately. Find the time to do something important today and you will find your life transformed almost by magic.

The family is one of those areas that if given attention will create a better foundation for all else that you attempt to accomplish because as you build and nurture those relationships closest to us, you will find the support that we all need to accomplish what is a priority. We do not walk in this world alone and if in the end we have accomplished our goals and have no relationships left worth having or worse yet have destroyed the ones that were important, what is the point?. Empty rich men at the pinicle of power are almost a cliche.

It is in your hands to do it right but the urges of a self absorbed ego must be tamed in order to accomplish and build something lasting and of value so it really serves us in so many ways to make your family a high priority and to make time for them now. Dont wait until you learn the lesson through regret and wish you had done things differently. Take actions now make them a central part of your life and when you need support you are more likely to have what you need.
About the Author
Copyright Detro Canaro (2008) Detro Canaro is a husband, a father, a writer, computer tech and a co-owner of several websites that support he and his family. One of those websites is Cheap Bibles .
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