“If it doesn’t go on my obituary, then I don’t care.”

Today, a friend and I rode home with a nice, older lady that was offering so much wisdom.  The older lady was asking us about work and life and we couldn’t help but notice her cheerful attitude.

She told us that at some point she just decided to not let little things bother her.  She said “if it doesn’t go on my obituary, then I don’t care.  If it doesn’t affect this paycheck going into that bank account, then I don’t care.”

Wow.  Considering I work in such a Yuppie-tized area where everything is where you work and what you do, it was refreshing to hear another person say that work is not their life.  Life is spouses, children, parents, friends, music, love, great food, etc.  No one is going to remember that I was a systems analyst and ran such and such program, but they will remember what kind of person that I was.

The next time that I found myself getting irritated with some petty nonsense, I’m going to repeat her wisdom to myself.  Because God knows, some people have annoyed the hell out of me these past two weeks.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Davina
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 16:30:16

    I like that…a lot.

    Reply

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