September 10, 2014

Is Urgency Robbing You of What is Important?

Will it matter? I recently asked someone this question and they looked at me and said, “What do you mean by “it”. What I mean is will the actions you take and activities you engage in today matter?

“The great danger in life is in permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important.”

-Charles Hummel

On Saturday, I took an action that on the surface you might say was a waste of time. A decision you easily conclude was not possibly important enough to really matter. In fact, by most standards of male behavior it would be considered crazy.

On Saturday, I went to Hobby Lobby and actually went into the store. Rather than sit in the car, and track the college football games on ESPN, I actually went in the store.

It was not crazy, and it mattered because my wife asked me to go with her. She could have made the trip and picked up what she need to finish her project, but she asked me to go along. Beyond spending time together, we discovered some important truths.


While it is never good to judge someone, you can learn a lot about people based on how they choose to spend their time. We can’t just say our roles as spouses, parents, leaders, teachers, and coaches is important. What matters is taking actions and engaging in activities that contribute to our most important roles.

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is important?

According to the Energy Project 58% of us say there is a significant gap between what we say is important in our lives and how we actually live our lives and 69% of us say we have a hard time focusing and are easily distracted.

Paulo Coelho dreamed of being an author.  He dreamed of making a difference and seeing his work translated into English.  Coelho’s book The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel (an illustrated interpretation of The Alchemist) is now an international best seller.  Coelho wrote,

“We all need to be aware of our personal calling.  What is a personal calling?  It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth…we don’t all have the courage to confront our own dream because; we are told it is impossible, we are afraid of abandoning what we know to pursue what is on our heart, we fear the defeats we will face, and we lack the patience to weather difficult times.”  

Fill up you day!

What ever you are called to do matters. Fill today with moments of grandeur, joy, contribution and learning by investing your time and energy on the roles you value most. You might find yourself in a Hobby Lobby, watching a football game, giving your time and talent to someone who needs help, pushing back from your desk and making it home for dinner or making a long over-due phone call.

At the end of the day these are the things that matter.

What role would you most like to improve?

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