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This week I wanted to share with you something that was just going through my mind (dangerous, huh?). I am heading to Louisiana after work today to see my dad. He will be having surgery tomorrow. Through my head was circling . . . ”I am too busy to take off a day! This is such an inconvenient time for me to be gone!” 

Back to reality, Ginger . . . remember what you tell others, “Your priorities should be evident in where you spend your time!” 

In the summer of 2004 when I was transitioning between Region 4 and my new job in DPISD, my mom went into the hospital for a bone marrow transplant. My last month of working at Region 4, I would spend Thursday-Sunday in the hospital with Mom and then Dad would cover the other days. As fate would have it . . . I was also trying to finish up a big project for Region 4. I did not want to leave it unfinished when I left. We would agree . . . honorable intentions . . . I was doing my daughterly duty and my work responsibilities. I would be in her hospital room and sitting with her on my appointed time. Unfortunately, I was sitting next to her with my laptop in my lap, working on my project. 

As it turns out, Mom died that summer and we buried her on my first day at my new job in DPISD. As I look back, I have so many regrets, but most especially, I so regret that time lost with Mom that last month. I was “with” her, but only physically. There were so many conversations not had…questions not asked…opportunities missed! I don’t have her biscuit recipe! I don’t know how she handled hot flashes! I don’t know where my middle name came from (and my dad can’t remember either)! I was going through the motions, but not the heart! So many regrets! So let me rethink my response to going to be with Dad . . . I don’t want to add to my regrets. I want to be there with him in spirit and in space. 

All that to say . . . honor your priorities! There will always be more work, but there will not always be more time. With that . . . I am off to Louisiana! Enjoy your weekend and honor your priorities! 
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