What a difference a year makes! We’ve learned so much in 2018, advanced ARC in many important ways, had over 50 great companies join our family of clients, and watched 1000s of our clients’ end-customers embrace ARC as the better way to receive and pay their invoices. Most importantly, we’re starting the new year with a strong team and clear focus.
At this time of year, I often think of a story that some of you might be familiar with about getting our priorities straight. It’s so important to do that well when you have so much you want to accomplish:
A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The students laughed.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things – the things you believe in, your family, your spouse, your children, your health, how you treat others – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are important. Play with your children. Take your spouse out dancing. Be generous to others. Take time to get medical check-ups.
There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, fix the garage door opener.
But be sure to take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Get your priorities straight. The rest is just sand.
From the VersaPay team to yours … Happy New Year!