Your kids won’t remember all the stuff you bought them.
They may not even recall that awesome trip.
Your late night working will go without thanks.
(This includes working your ass off at work
so that they can have a nice house, cool clothes,
and food on the table.)
What will they remember?
The times when you were doing things with them.
That’s about the best investment.
It is what will reap dividends for your child and for you.
Today’s big investment for me, came in the form of 2 fitness workouts with my daughter.
- High intensity interval training (HIIT) this morning.
- Boxing class this evening.
Does having her there distract me from getting the best physical workout? Yes.
Is it valuable for her to know that I will take the time to show her how throw a punch and sweat right alongside her? Yes.
The dividend: “Daddy, I had a ton of fun tonight. I’m probably going to be sore tomorrow from all those punches. I love when we get to box together.”
Make your investments in your kids each day. It is worth it.
Saying you don’t have enough time is just a cop-out.
If what you mean is that you don’t value this particular commitment enough to devote more time, then say that.
If you truly value this commitment, then de-prioritize and decrease the other stuff that is getting in the way.
Either way, stop lying to yourself and me.
Regardless of how busy the day, carve out time to invest in the people you love.
Each day lasts for 24 hours. That’s 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds.
Count them anyway you like, but we ALL have the same amount of time, every day.
You cannot extend the day nor shorten it.
What you can change is what happens in that span of time.
» The length of time on each piece of your day.
» The quality of investment you make in each activity.
» The people with whom you interact.
» The mix of work and play and rest and reflection.
These are the elements that you are in FULL CONTROL of each day.
Seize your day.
» YOU have the ability to make it a good day or a bad day.
» YOU have the ability to make it amazing or mediocre.
» YOU have the ability to make it life-giving or pain-throbbing.
» YOU have the ability to seize or be seized.
What will you choose to do with your day?