In my book I speak about the importance of nurturing family and friend relationships. We spend so much time at work ensuring we earn income to manage our debt and daily operating expenses (and there is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so). In fact, as mature and responsible adults we should take care of our obligations. But at the same time remember the end state. The end state is to enjoy our hard-earned time with those who we love.
Remember it is time that you desire. Time (or freedom… to maneuver) is what you are working for. The more money you have, the more TIME you can spend doing what you want to do.
You can fail or succeed in a lot of areas. Competition. Employment. Investing in the stock market or business ventures. But what you can’t fail at, is with your children and their growth. So ensure your daily routine includes focused contribution to your household. Time with family is key.
I’m not saying everyday you will feel like putting forth maximum energy to playing with your children or talking with your spouse; it’s ok to feel exhausted from time to time lol BUT do not make tabling your family and friends the norm. Interact with your family. Remember, your children are observing you and want to learn from you. So in addition to showing them that earning a living is good, show them your value pallet. Show them your handy skills. Play with them, sing with them and show them your talents. Do not lose the opportunity to pass along that famous recipe or technique you have honed over the years. Get your rest, and give those you care about your attention. If anything, you are really learning to value your time and resent it being wasted.
Remember true wealth is your time. Money (or an abundance of money) enables you to have uninhibited time to do what you want to do. Think about it.
Question: Over the last three days what uninterrupted family/friend time did you get in with those you care about?
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