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A Very Close Call
by Maria Gracia
Steve is a stock broker, working on Wall Street.
He catches the subway at 7:00a each morning
and works a full and stressful day, trading for
After the stock market closes for the day, he goes to his office
and continues working . . . researching, handling paperwork,
catching up on reading and making his phone calls.
Instead of breaking for a healthy lunch or dinner, he usually just
grabs a high-fat, fast-food meal.
He finally catches the 9:00p train home. He rarely has enough
energy to greet his family when he arrives, never mind spending
any quality time with them. There are even many weekends that
Steve insists on working.
Then, it happened.
Steve’s wife received a call and learned that Steve was in the
He had a heart attack. He was only 47 years old.
Steve was lucky enough to have survived. His doctor instructed
him that he had to take it easy. He had to get lots of rest and
relaxation. He had to stay home from work for six to eight weeks.
He had to exercise. He had to eat better. He had to slow down.
Less than two weeks had gone by, when Steve decided he was
well enough to go back to work.
Against the advice of his doctor and to the dismay of his family,
Steve’s hours at work were stretched even longer. He had so
much work to catch up on, since he was in the hospital for the
past 11 days.
Two weeks later, Steve was back in the hospital again. He had
another heart attack.
Once again, he was miraculously lucky enough to survive. His
doctor inquired, "Steve, why would you return to work in such a
short time, when I clearly recommended -- insisted -- that you
first have sufficient rest? Why would you go to work, continue
with your long hours and remain on your unhealthy diet? Didn’t
you learn anything from your first heart attack?"
Steve replied, "Doctor, I don’t have time to be sick. I can’t waste
time being laid up in the hospital."
How sad. Steve survived two heart attacks, but how much longer
could his luck continue? Steve had no sense of balance in his
life. He was spending 95% of his time working and not taking
care of himself. The scale was tipped too heavy on one side.
After his second heart attack though, Steve finally evaluated the
amount of energy and stress that was being caused by overwork.
He now uses his time more effectively and is living a more
healthy, balanced and happy life.
Time management is not about working harder. It’s the art of
balancing the time in your life between the things that matter
most. Work may be important . . . but what’s the sense of making
lots of money if you’re not going to be around for you and your
family to enjoy it. After all, nobody wants their tombstone to read,
"If only I could have spent a few more hours at work."
Let’s think about some of the important things in life that should
get a percentage of your time . . . health, family, friends, work,
rest, relaxation, entertainment, good nutrition, exercise, goals . . .
Giving 95% of your time to work, and only giving 5% of your time
for everything else, is not a healthy balance for you, or your
family. Why not spend a moment right now to determine how
balanced your time is. Take an honest evaluation of yourself.
Make sure you allocate sufficient time to the important
things in your life.
Spend time with your family and friends. They need you
and want you around.
Your work is important, but it should never have a higher
priority than your health.
Don’t compromise a healthy diet with quick fast-food meals.
Exercise. Get plenty of rest.
Make time each day to have some fun. Watch a favorite
program. Play golf. Read to your child.
Don’t forget about setting goals. And make time to achieve
You only have one life--live it to the fullest.
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