There are times when priorities tell the measure of a person.
In relationships, priorities tend to indicate just how well it’s going in spite of the circumstances.
It was the case the other day at Graceland when I shared a story at a break with a friend visiting Memphis after moving away.
I shared with him the decision I made while taking care of my late wife. It came down to, “Do I stay by my wife’s side in the hospital or go pursue making a living?” It’s one of those decisions that is easy to answer, but oftentimes difficult to execute—either out of fear of losing something, a job, or a way making a living, versus what is the greater good.
“Of course, you’ve got to stay by your wife’s side,” I’ve heard it said.
It’s an obvious choice that isn’t so obvious. The correctness of the decision continues to bear fruit in my life on a daily basis.
Which brings me to my friend’s wonderful contribution to the conversation.
His wife’s due date was fast approaching. Being a contractor, he didn’t have medical insurance, so he and his wife had planned the birth at home with the help of a midwife.
“I knew my wife would need a little help after the birth, so I notified my foreman that, ‘I’ll be taking a week ot two off when the baby comes.”
He said, “Hopefull, the schedule will allow that.”
“I told him, “I’m not asking, I’m giving you notice. I don’t have a family to support my job. I have a job to support my family.”
“My priorities are clear,” he said.
I’m certain my friend has the right priorites.
For the boldness to assert authority and knowing what really matters, I salute my friend.
He’s my hero.