First Things First


Today, I'm sharing something I read from the internet and
it seems to be by Dr. Tony Campolo, from his book,
“Carpe Diem”.

It is an interesting read and a sober reminder on what matters in our life.
Read on and let me know how you feel.

When I was a kid growing up, I knew a man who loomed bigger than
life to me. His name was Edwin E. Bailey, and he ran the
astronomical observatory at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I
would go to the Franklin Institute most Saturdays just to spend time
with him. His encyclopaedic mind fascinated me. He seemed to know
something about everything.

I was a friend with Ed Bailey right up until he died several years ago.
When he was in the hospital, after a serious stroke, I went to visit him.
In an effort to make small talk, I told about all the places I had been to
speak and how I had come to his bedside straight from the airport.
He heard me out and then said with a slightly sarcastic manner, “You
go all over the world to people who, ten years from now, won't
remember your name. But you haven't left time for the people who
really care about you.”

That simple sentence hit me hard and changed my life. I have
decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no
difference, while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.

A friend of mine recently got a call from the White House asking him
to consult with the President of the United States. He said no
because it was to be on a day he had promised to spend with his
granddaughter at the seashore. The nation survived without him, the
President didn't miss him, and his granddaughter had some precious
time with her “Pop-Pop.”

First things ought to be put first, i.e., first things first.
Is this the way that you approach life all this while?
Or is this the way you would have preferred to have done all this while, but did not?

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2 responses to “First Things First”

  1. Ludah Gaabinelwe says:

    It is true that at most times we put the things that not matters to us and give them priority and forget to do the same for those who really cares for us. like you just said in your article . First things first. I have just learnt to myself that being yourself is very important, do the things you like and follow your heart put yourself up front, do not put blames or look for who to blame, take up all the charges and of all don’t worry, because worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.

  2. I just got back from the rest room and was told our building has defects, a quick thought came to mind Y worry ? when something as serious as the building collapsing could happen anytime without a warning and all the worry would have been in vain. Directors, Managers, Team Leaders, employees would be latching on to life hoping to survive and escape lives turmoil. So smile, love unconditionally, lend a helping hand to some in need and don’t forget to Pray Daily. your road to Light and safety for yourself and your loved ones.

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