19 March 2008 ~ 4 Comments

Dr. Phil, The Aquarium, And Success

So I was watching a little Dr. Phil on Monday.  Hey…don’t judge.  T.D. Jakes was on and they were talking about the Eliot Spitzer scandal in New York.  T.D. Jakes said something pretty simple, pretty common sense, yet pretty profound I thought.  The loose paraphrase was:

We succeed in the area’s of life that we devote our time.  Often the private life is neglected in pursuit of public success.  So while someone may be a public success, they become a private failure.

Like I said, simple, but profound in my head.  The ability to so easily be a "success" in the public eye, but to "fail" in the areas of family and personal life.

That being said, it also felt like confirmation in a way to how I had spent the earlier portion of that day.  It’s Easter week.  There is a LOT to do.  We have a huge Easter Egg Drop on Saturday.  We’ve never done that before.  We didn’t have a whole lot planned out for our service, and the stuff that was planned still had plenty of footwork to be done.  Plenty of justification to go to work on my day off.

Instead, I spent the morning at the aquarium in Monterey with Rachel and Caleb.  I was out of town for a good portion of the past 2 weekends and hadn’t been able to spend quality time with my family in a while.  I didn’t get anything done in preparation for Easter, but it was the best way I could have used that Monday, my day off.  I want to always be spending time on my "private" life, not allowing it to suffer for the sake of "public success."  And not to mention, I love my family and those hours spent with them, although Caleb can definitely wear us out at times, filled me up and gave me the ability to run the rest of the week hard.

So what are you doing to balance your personal life with your work or "public" life, especially on a week where it would be easy to forget?

Oh yeah, and here are a few pics from the aquarium.  I love watching Caleb get excited and scream in awe of the animals!

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4 Responses to “Dr. Phil, The Aquarium, And Success”

  1. Matt 28 March 2008 at 7:18 pm Permalink

    ya know…i’ve been on dr. phil…not once…but twice.
    perhaps i should clarify…i went to a taping…
    so who’s the coolest guy now!

  2. Sara 20 March 2008 at 11:23 pm Permalink

    I feel like a proud mom -even thought I am not your mom – you have felt like one of my kids. When we started to go to Revolution, you and Rachel were so real to us. You really took interest in our lives. You helped us step out and trust God to lead us in areas we never thought we would step foot in! I was so sad to see you and your lovely family leave us but I knew it was the best thing you could do. After our visit this past summer it was confirmed. Keep being the best husband and father you can be, because that is what really matters.

  3. Lynnae 20 March 2008 at 8:02 pm Permalink

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, they are AWESOME. Caleb is so precious and I love the video on Rachel’s blog, he’s such a boy, I love it. Thanks for coming down, it meant a lot to us. Take care give Rachel and Caleb a kiss for me… and Happy Easter.
    Love,
    Lynnae

  4. Mom 19 March 2008 at 10:44 pm Permalink

    So glad to finally see pix of Caleb again, I really missed them. He’s getting soooooo big and he’s soooooo handsome. They don’t come much cuter than him. You’re a great dad and husband and a success in every sense of the word. You make me proud. Love ya lots!!!


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