By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
In the past few weeks, my grandson turned two and my granddaughter had her first birthday party. I was traveling for business during both of these milestone events, but received a flood of photos filled with birthday cake, colorful balloons and familiar smiling faces. As I enjoyed looking through the photos, I realized that it was time to take a closer look at what I was defining as “priorities” in my life, feeling perhaps that I had some of them backwards.
The tried and true adage, “family comes first”, is something we’ve all heard, and even I have repeated from time to time myself. But sometimes we let our work consume us and we become unbalanced in other areas of our lives that are just as important to grow and nurture—namely, our family.
Family is defined as any group of people, closely related by blood, such as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins. “Family” is also used metaphorically to include your community, nationhood, global village and humanism. In some cases, we even consider our employees or business partners a part of our family.
I am planning to take more trips this year, but this time not for business. I will go see my children and their spouses, and to spend time with my grandchildren. It’s about time that I make time to stay connected with the people that mean the most to me—my family.
As I keep my family in the high priority that it deserves, I will, of course, continue to take passionate care of my business, as many of you have now become part of my “other” family.