Please enjoy another entry from Zachary Brewer, Recovery Navigator, Residential Program
In regard to my family’s future, my own future, and my legacy, I can often think to myself, “Once I get A, B, and C set, we will be able to experience an amazing life.”
Remember that song “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin?
It’s basically about a father being too busy to spend time with his son while his son is growing up, then his grown-up son being too busy to spend time with him as they both aged.
Throughout the song, the father essentially says, “I can’t play catch with you TODAY because I need to take care of this business call – and if THIS call is Successful – it COULD make it so we can play catch every single day in the FUTURE, Son”.
For decades, this song has resonated with me and holds a major lesson in it.
If my goals in life are Success – defined by Money and Financial Freedom – to ultimately be able to spend more time with family, but that journey strays me away from spending that time with the family I currently have, what is the real goal here?
If every evening and Sundays, I GET TO have this time to spend with people I care about and love, but every evening and Sunday I SKIP this time to continue aiming toward the FUTURE goal – I’m missing the whole point.
So, if the goal is to live the life you want to live, do what you want, with who you want, when you want-
—if you actually took a look around yourself, and took the veil of “financial success” off of your face…
Do you already have this?
Its only when I let the pursuit of perceived success fool me – and I lose sight of it.
“I will continue to pursue my goals- but not at the forfeit of the life I currently have.”