I disappointed myself this week. I attended a funeral for a life-long friend and skipped out on the reception as I had a meeting to go to. I thought it was important for me to keep my meeting, since my co-worker traveled into town and the meeting had been on my calendar for a couple of weeks. I had it all wrong.
During the funeral I began to have a sickened feeling because I thought, this is not what life is all about. My priority needed to be there, at the church and with the family and friends who also lost someone special in their lives. I was so enjoying the camaraderie celebrating my friend’s life and the love that I felt in the church, I didn’t want to leave.
The service ran longer than expected, and during the eulogies I had to text my co-worker to let her know I’d be late for my meeting. At that point, I was completely disgusted myself. Once the phone came out to text, I was no longer present at the funeral. Instead, I was worrying about being late for my meeting and not wanting to be rude to my co-worker.
It still bothers me. I am sad writing this blog, and feel like I missed out on the final celebration in honor of my friend. In the end, my co-worker would have completely understood if I had cancelled my meeting. She even offered that after I texted her. But I wanted to keep my word and commitment.
The message of this blog is – LESSON LEARNED. I will never do that again. My priorities were completely out of order. I easily could have taken the day off.
If you need a reminder on prioritizing your life, this is a great article from Mike Robbins on 3 Ways to re-prioritize your life.
Fuel up and celebrate those you love.