Self-assessment during a time of grief an important pause

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For everything a season, right? The original quote comes from The Bible: For everything there is a season, A time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This goes for work, for hobbies, for life and beyond.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks with the untimely death of a loved one to a family (my wife’s side of the family) that has experienced its unfair share of such. As painful as it’s been, it’s brought the family closer together. As my mother-in-law so aptly put it at the end of a dinner Thursday night: “It really does take a village.”

But it’s also brought about a necessary pause in routine and the normal for me.

Moments like these are opportunities to ponder what we’ve got going on, and when something traumatic happens, everything is on the table. What do I want to be doing five years from now? What hobbies need to get lost, and which need to return? What habits need sharpening? What new routines do I want to create? What new experiences do I want with my immediate family, and what can I do to help contribute to the best environment possible for them?

The motivation isn’t a realization of mortality.

It’s a realization of what’s important, and more specifically, what isn’t so important. Embracing the sudden shift of anything from important to not-so-important is a light that can’t be ignored. Time is the important variable, not money.

Spend it wisely — and take the opportunity to ponder your seasons.

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