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Family is Everything

By: Geelongs Gym on 9th May 2018 in Life Lessons Comments are off for this post.

There is a common saying that actions speak louder than words, but often we don’t give a whole lot of thought to what that really means in our busy day-to-day lives.

Recently, I had to drop everything and return to Canada to visit my gravely ill sister. It’s not a cheap or quick trip and I had many demands on my time around the gym.  But I didn’t even think about it.  I needed to spend the precious time with my sister and that was all that really mattered.

What I didn’t realise was the impact that decision had on the people around me.  One of the personal trainers at the gym approached me the other day to share how my actions had affected him.  He plays competitive sport at a high level and is committed to play on certain weekends.  However, on one of those weekends he was also supposed to be on the other side of the country at a family wedding.  After witnessing my decision to put family first, he chose to attend the wedding and he told me how grateful he was that he made that decision.

My dear sister’s philosophy on life was always that family is everything, and everything else is just everything else.  The older I get, the more I understand how right that is and I want to really encourage everyone who reads this to make the most of the time you have with your family.  They’re more important than career goals, more important than sporting matches, more important than anything else that is cluttering up your life.

But family doesn’t just mean blood relations.  It can also mean those friends who know you inside out, those friends that are there for you through every season of your life… the ones that you think of as family anyway.  Treasure those friendships, because they’re rare and infinitely special.

I heard a statistic the other day that 60% of us will feel lonely and disconnected at some point in our lives.  But if we foster those family connections and prioritise the people we love most, we will be part of the lucky 40% who never feel alone.

Author: Gerard Spriet

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