why does it take a funeral to remind us?

December 21, 2009

in life,wellness

ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.
in your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

— oscar wilde

on wednesday i’m attending the funeral of a friend’s long-term partner who died, not unexpectedly but definitely too soon. why it takes a tragic event or these wintry holidays to cut through the frenzy and remind us what’s important, i’ll never understand, even though i’m guilty as charged.

when i left hewitt and started my own firm, it was a choice with trade-offs but a deliberate choice nonetheless. i knew i’d never miss working on project x or with client y quite the way i’d miss being a prominent, accessible, and—key to it all—less stressed part of my kids’ lives.

i’m going “radio silent” from december 24 through january 5 to enjoy the quiet chaos of family life. it’s one way to keep my real riches front and center.

what’s your one way?


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Lisa Rosendahl December 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm

My one way is your one way and I don’t do it nearly enough. I too am shutting down the laptop and BB for some family bonding time. See you in the new year.


fran December 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

have a wonderful break with your family, lisa. catch up with you in ’10.



Crystal Peterson December 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

“less stressed part of my kids’ lives” – that’s the goal! Good idea, Fran. I’ve been mostly silent now for a couple of weeks due to a hectic schedule. I need to now go silent for some serious bonding time. Chat with you soon!


fran December 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

enjoy it, crystal. i cringed this morning while reading about a mother’s need to show they can be “mother” and “worker” and do both successfully. had i undercut my “worker” role in this post? and then i realized, i really need to take this break and give it all a rest!



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