What Matters Most Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 10

This week’s reflection point: Two weeks ago, while attending the Growth Circle, an extraordinary developmental experience with Alan Weiss and nine of my trusted global colleagues in Naples, Florida, I received an anxious call from my niece in Israel. She reported that my father had just suffered a brain aneurysm, was in a coma and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

I boarded a plane to Israel and 26 hours later I arrived to his nursing home to see him and comfort him. I just returned from my rushed visit with him and my family and here a few of my reflections that may resonate with you as well:

  • Life is precious and fragile. Whether it is a family member, a friend or a client, have you seized the moment and reached out to them now?
  • Family and friends are our core support system. Are you nurturing yours?
  • Technology is the great enabler. While traveling, I was able to stay in touch with my family back home, friends and family in Israel, my clients and my team. We often forget how valuable our technology is. Is yours the latest and most up to date?
  • Life often takes control of us instead of us taking control of life. What steps can you take to gain control of what matters most?

I am glad to report that my dad is stable and is out of the coma. Sadly, he has lost a lot of his cognitive and physical abilities. Needless to say, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time with him, valuable time, that we often forget to create unless an emergency arises.

This week’s tip: Make time for the most important things in life, especially family and friends; so you don’t end up wishing you had.


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