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What Will I Remember in Five Years?

A couple weeks ago I had some work that I really, really needed to get done. I was way behind schedule and my deadline was the next day. Ugh!

That afternoon, a good friend sent me an Instant Message inviting me to a concert.  I typed my reply, “I really wish I could, but I’ve got some work I absolutely have to get done tonight.” I was about to press the Enter key to send it when I had a thought, In five years will I remember that I worked late tonight?

I have no idea what inspired that question to pop into my mind, but in an instant I realized that in five years I would have absolutely no recollection of working that night or what I had accomplished. However, if I went to the concert, I would probably still remember it five years later; my friend would probably remember it too. Sure, there were some benefits to working late too.

I held down the backspace key and began typing again, “I would love to! Thanks for thinking of me!” We had a great time at the concert and just hanging out together. I’m so glad I went.

And the fallout from the work I didn’t have done wasn’t nearly as bad as I had originally imagined  in my mind. I still had time to do some of it, even though it wasn’t as polished as I originally wanted.

So, what opportunities do you have today? Which ones will you remember in five years? Which ones will you choose?

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    Augusto Pinaud
    2/2/2012 at 11:02 pm

    That’s a great question, make sure you keep it handy for the future.

    I don’t know if you will remember the concert in five years, but I hope to remember this question next time I should make an important decision, you know those that will matter in 5 years…

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    2/4/2012 at 11:12 am

    Augusto – Thanks for reading! I do hope the question comes in handy for you sometime. It’s all part of learning to be gentle with yourself too. 😉

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