Notre Dame Burning: Don’t leave it too late
I woke up this morning to the terrible news that Notre Dame Cathedral was burning.
I felt a great loss. It was a terrible sight, the pictures and videos that were dominating my Facebook news feed. I switched on the TV, and it was more of the same.
I felt grateful that a couple of years back, we had gone to visit Notre Dame a last time, but that feeling was shadowed by the loss of a historical jewel that had no doubt during its 850 year history touched and potentially changed many lives.
In that respect, Notre Dame was herself, a life.
Then it dawned on me how important it is that we make time to do the things that we want to do, and to be with the people whom we want to be with.
In the same way that we could have said we’ll put off visiting Paris for another year, we often put off spending time with friends and family because we’re just too “busy”.
Typically, we’re busy with work. But do we ask ourselves why we work? The obvious answer is to put food on the table, to keep the lights on…
If we dig deeper, it’s ultimately about providing for our families, so that our families can lead better lives, so that we can do the things that are on our “bucket list”…
But what would our families’ lives be without us?
What would our lives be if we miss out on all the key milestones in our families’ growth, if we miss seeing our grandparents, or parents and having those important conversations before it’s too late?
And I’m sad to say that that’s a feeling I know only too well.
My grandmother who brought me up, passed when I was in my early 30s.
She was one of the most loving and giving people I’ve ever met.
In her last few years, she suffered from terrible dementia, and I had put off seeing her because I was too busy building my career. Even when I got the call that she had passed, before the grief set in, my first thought was how busy I was, and wondered how I was going to catch up on work…
That’s the nature of “busy-ness”. We are often busy with the urgent, but ultimately unimportant things in life. And we miss those things which are important, but not urgent.
Being with my grandmother was certainly important. But because she was such a giving person, combined with my own youthful ignorance and career ambition, there was no urgency in seeing her.
Writing this article, is making me cry for one of the biggest regrets in my life.
And at the same time, I’m grateful – that I have now created a business that allows me the time to do the things that are truly important to me.
Don’t wait to do the things and be with the people you love.
We need to seize the day because sometimes we might not get a second chance.
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