What’s really important in life ..

This year one of my best friends was in an induced coma for almost a month, and a friend of a friend died suddenly overnight from a tragic accident.  Both were in the prime of their lives.

Fortunately my friend has made a miraculous recovery and is back at home and at work; but it’s given me big pause for thought. What’s really important in life? And at work?

I have spent a lot of my working life worrying about the politics of work, or the frustrations caused because x, y, z project or strategy wasn’t going ‘the way it was meant to’, or that person a wasn’t ‘playing nice’.  But, I wonder, if we knew that today was our last day, week or even year on the planet, would we worry about these things? How would we choose to live our life at home and at work?

So, I am trying to make a concerted effort to do only work that is meaningful in some way; that makes a difference to the people or the organisation that I am working with.  I am putting my absolute best into work and achieving the best results for my clients – but putting it into perspective too – work is a key part of life – but only one part- and the frustrations and challenges of work shouldn’t override or overshadow the rest of life.  And as for the rest of life – I am asking myself every day – how can I nurture the person, partner and parent in me every day?

Have you had a dose of perspective recently? Has it brought about any changes in your world? What does it mean for how we view work?

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