This weekend, I am pushing to finish a paper that's due on Monday. Suddenly, I realized something I was supposed to do for a friend that needed to be done today.
"But I've got to get this paper done. I can't do this thing for my friend. It's not a matter of life and death for them," I thought to myself. And then I stopped. I thought of some recent news about a family member that had reminded me how sudden life and death situations can be. And I asked myself what mattered more, getting the graduate credit for this class or honoring my friendship. I chose to honor my friendship.
That graduate paper doesn't have to be perfect, and I probably still have time to get it done. In the end, friends and family matter more. I'm not always very good at the niceties of friendships - the cards and little gifts and phone calls that hold a friendship together. I wish I was better at that. But in this one small instance, I managed to get my priorities straight, and I'm glad.
With the holidays upon us, remember your priorities. What will really matter most to you in the end?