What Matters

“Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.” –Unknown

Today I received the call that all parents fear – the call from school saying that your child has been hurt. Recently, my mind has been swamped with a myriad of thoughts and concerns about everything from school to family to world issues. I’m not the only one this happens to. But today as I rushed away from work to be with my son who had fallen, hit his head, and was being transported to hospital via ambulance, all those thoughts and concerns melted away. It is difficult to see your child in trouble or in pain, but there was no place I would have rather been. As I comforted him, I was reminded that in reality, there are few things in life that are truly important. Our biggest challenge in life it to maintain perspective and balance, appreciate what we have, and to filter the ‘noise’.


  1. Antonio,

    This is a very important post and a great reminder to everyone. There is nothing more important than our children and family. Without them, who would we be? We definitely wouldn’t be the same people or leaders we are today.

    A call like that from school is a parent’s worst nightmare. It is so very important that you were there for and with your son during this time. I’m sure this helped make him feel more secure in a very scary situation.

    I hope your son is okay and will heal quickly.

    Take care,

    • Thanks for these words Tia. You know sometimes our kids want to push us away and show they are strong and independent. Today Sam was scared and afraid. I was so happy that I was the security blanket he needed today. He has a headache and sore neck, but beyond that, he should be OK. See you soon!

  2. Yes, very true! Easy to lose sight sometimes with the number of things on the “to do” list. Hope things go well for your son.

  3. I am glad to hear Sam is okay. Sometimes the universe has subtle, or not so subtle, ways of reminding us that we need to take care of ourselves and our families. I have learned this from my experience with cancer. I now take the time to make sure I have balance in my life. Each day I make it my goal to experience true joy in what I do and I try to bring a little joy into the lives of others. Experiences such as this really put things in perspective.

  4. Glad to hear that Sam is going to be ok! I agree, it is a good reminder about the important things in life. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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