When I feel pulled between important things, competing commitments of what initially seem equally important, I pause.
Often, I’ll call a friend, someone I trust who offers perspective and wisdom outside my current conundrum.
I did this recently. I was conflicted between a work event I’d traveled to and needing to be home for a family commitment. It was mapped out well until the snow storm happened. With Mother Nature’s helping hand, my perfectly planned trip resulted in conflicting commitments.
I called my wise friend Kelly Knight who offered the perfect question at the perfect time:
“3 weeks or 3 years from now, what would you be glad you did?”
It clarified everything.
As I sit on the early morning plane returning home, I’m disappointed to miss my colleagues, yet grateful to navigate two or more feet of snow to be with family at a critical time as promised.
While I’d like to have made it all work (I’m a champion at that – often at my own expense), today, I ensured the most important commitment happened with room to spare, no matter what Mother Nature has in store.
Now I’ll need to figure out the ride home from the airport!