"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." Doug Larson
So maybe this is an oversimplification of life. (Is that even a word? It is today.) Anyway, I think the overall idea is a good one. What that quote means to me is this: If people concentrated on family, friends, etc... they would be out spending time with them. They would be doing things that cultivated those relationships. They would treasure every moment with those folks.
In the past couple of weeks since returning from vacation, friends of mine have had family members hospitalized. A few have been very serious. Some friends have lost family members. Generally, many people are going through a tough time. The economy is affecting lives and not in a good way. I am truly thankful for the few days I had to spend with my family. Even more so now, after these last few weeks.
This post is not to brag about my vacation, or the family time I had. It's just a reminder to you friends. Cherish every moment. This life is so short, so fleeting. It's fall trout fishing season. It's also hunting season. The leaves are changing and they are beautiful. Make the time to get out and enjoy the world away from phones and computers. Enjoy every moment you can with your friends and family. Put the important things first. Many of my friends who have sick family members also have no regrets when it comes to their family. They took the time to do the "important things".