what matters

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series 2011: A look back A look forward

Been away from here the last couple days, but now I’m back.  Let’s continue this series shall we?  Last year I wrote a “looking forward” kind of post for some of the things I hoped to accomplish, change in the coming year.  This year I’m writing a series of post reflecting on that list and what happened in 2010.  Here’s the next item on the list that I wrote:

I’m going to continue working on being a great Dad and husband to my family…if I fail at that, then it doesn’t matter what else I succeed at.

What happened:

A work in progress!  I think I’m not doing too bad, but I know I could always do better.  One of the hardest things for me in the past year was balancing my time.  Between my full time job at my church, the freelance work I did, and my work on Organize Series, it’s been a challenge spending the quality time needed to be a good husband and father.  I know I could have done better – correction: I know I MUST do better.  Why? Because it’s one of the few things that really matters.

There are some things I’m doing to get better at this and I’ll hopefully write a blog post about it at some point.  But for now, I’d love to hear from you, my readers about what you do to make sure you are investing quality time for the things that really matter in your life?  So let me hear it in the comments!

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My name is Darren Ethier. I'm the owner of roughsmootheng.in. I'm the father of four children and husband of the most beautiful woman in the world. My passion is technology and it's strategic use in ministry. I also love anything to do with leadership and the wise use of words. I'm also the developer of the popular WordPress plugin Organize Series. Since THAT'S not enough to keep me busy I also work as a core developer for a great plugin called Event Espresso

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  1. Hey:am enjoying your what matters. You are right on about family. I always found that a one on one with each child did wonders. They shared more that way. Whether it be a walk, hot chocolate,something they chose to do, keep up with whats going on at school and if there is anything they would like you to attend be sure to try as that matters…be sure and find out what are their favourite music, things to do, places they would like to visit e.g. museums or art gallery, even within your own city, there may be places to go. I know as they are all different ages that their interest change and with one on one you are able to target their specific needs. You are aware of this importance so great job, the hardest thing is implementing it,right? Just don’t forget their Mom needs one on one to sometimes. The growing and formative years are the hardest, but what a reward when they are grown and found wonderful spouses and have great careers, how blessed you feel, we all do the best we can and that’s all we can do. I think you are WONDERFUL but then I am biased.
    LOVE YA ps let me know your thoughts on my thoughts

    1. Hey everybody, this PROVES that my mom reads my blog! AND she left a comment. I guess this shows what a great teacher I am if she can do this all on her own right ;). Thanks for commenting mom, and I’m going to say you’re absolutely right (and not just because you’re my mom… hehe)

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