In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, then CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, spoke of how we should prioritize our commitments:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.
A glass ball is not only more fragile than a rubber ball; it’s also more valuable. Family, health, friends and spirit are much more valuable than work. It’s important to give them higher priority so that they don’t get damaged or destroyed. No one goes to his grave wishing that he had worked more.
--excerpt from Leadership Wired Blog on June 17, 2014 by the John Maxwell Company Click here to read entire article