News and Perspectives
From PEI’s President
I’ve attended my share of funerals and wakes during my 47 years on the planet. Death is just part of life.
A few years ago, I sat teary-eyed in
another pew for another funeral, and
something really got to me. I began to
re;ect on my own life and how I’d been
Am I spending enough time with my
wife and children? Have I been a good
son to my parents? Am I investing in the
people to build my circle? Am I taking
enough time o; from the rat race to
recharge and enjoy what I’ve worked for?
One sobering look at my calendar
con;rmed I wasn’t being my best self.
Routine meetings, to-do items and
requests ;lled my every allotted window
because I’d said “yes” to everyone. I’d
mastered all of the productivity tips and
tricks from the best business gurus and
motivational speakers. Hooray for me!
My hard-earned congratulations was a
completely booked calendar with zero
commitments to my family, my happiness and myself.
Right then, I started making a list
of my relationship goals for the people
dearest to me, and I began blocking my
calendar for events and re;ection that
shouldn’t be left to “if there’s time.”
“Date night,” “family dinner” and “va-
cation” get booked months in advance
now. I even sprinkle in some “play hooky”
days and label some slots “express grat-
Each of us has a ;nite amount of time
on earth, and we can’t get back even a
second that was wasted.
If it’s important, schedule it.
Something so simple can change
your life, your relationships, and if you do
it right, even your eulogy.
and a Funeral
Robert J. Peavey
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only
the details of how he lived and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”