"Consider, Sir, how insignificant this will appear a twelvemonth hence."
— Samuel Johnson
Ran across this quote in my inbox from The Happiness Project today.
I think this is true possibly maybe 80% of the time. But there are some things that are very significant the remaining 20% of the time.
Simple, mundane, everyday things you do that build your character, for instance. Those things may seem insignificant at the time but you'll find they have a large impact on how things are in a twelvemonth hence.
Some other things that are pretty significant would be a birth or a death of a loved one.
Becky Higgins mentioned a reminder she has that goes like this: The purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship. Relationships also fall into that 20% of significance. Since I've printed her little reminder and put it by my bathroom mirror I've been more conscience about where I spend my time.
As you may or may have not noticed my blogging has become less of a daily posting for a number of reasons. First, I've been really trying to make more of an effort to strengthening my relationships for myself as well as with family and friends. I think I need it for my emotional health.
I've also been pretty sick with that flu guck that has been going around. I can't even remember the last time I had the achy bones-tender skin-sore muscle-let me die-I want to go to sleep forever, flu. So, when I got, that's what I did - the go to sleep forever part. Although I did open eyes and mouth long enough to eat hot Campbell's chicken noodle soup periodically.
And lastly, I've been thinking that I want to get back to sharing meaningful things with you. I mean if you've stopped by I think it should be worth your while. I hope that you will find that to be the case.
I think when you look at what you're doing and why that will give you a hint as to whether or not it's worth 80% or 20% of your effort in worrying, working, fussing, or fretting over.
What do you feel? Do you agree with Samuel Johnson?