“I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one’s life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.” David Rockefeller
You’ve heard it said tons of times that money won’t keep you warm at the end of the day, and it’s absolutely true. An hour of TV will never take the place of spending an hour at a bar or coffeehouse with a friend, a meal cooked by a world class chef just for you will never replace a barbecue with family and friends, and there’s no number of words that can ever leave the legacy that children can.
There’s no replacement for another human being. But I know as well as you do that money and possessions definitely have value. It’s nice to be pampered, to not have to do everything yourself, to have options through the internet that aren’t available to you locally, it’s nicer to live in a house than a shack, and showing up in a well designed outfit will get you a better job than showing up in sweats (99% of the time).
I always encourage my clients to make sure they balance their work, their passions, with time with family and friends. It’s not easy to run a business or have a demanding full time job in 2013, but it’s important to realize that even if you do make a great impact with your business or job, you can’t sleep with it, can’t have a snowball fight with it, can’t visit the beach and pick up shells with it, and it won’t make your meals any more enjoyable. People ultimately are what add the joy into life.
This summer I encourage you to take time and be with people. Yes, you can hang out on social media, but also get together physically and have a BBQ, go to the beach or play Frisbee in a park. Get out there and have fun together!