“Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” – William Feather
Life’s a real balancing act, isn’t it? Reminds me of that old Kenny Rogers song, about knowing when to walk away and when to run… how do we know when we have focused too much or not enough energy on preparations for the future? How is that compatible with “be here, now”? Balance is just a tricky customer, I’ve determined. The fact is, we DON’T know, until we get to the future and find out if it was all worth it or not.
Back in the late 90s and the first half or so of the zeros, I worked the mandatory 12-15 hour day in the concrete jungle. I managed to stay put at that company long enough to have earned company match. I managed to amass a modest retirement account. It’s how I live these days. It concerns me each time I take a withdrawal, for I am not nearly old enough to actually retire, and there are penalties associated with that. Yet, I am exceedingly grateful that it is there.
Look at all these sunshine days I’ve been enjoying. Was it worth it?