Last week, my Aunt Laurie moved to temperate North Carolina from frigid, frostbitten Minnesota. Tomorrow, I head down south to help her unpack, set-up and explore her new surroundings. In explaining to my kids, 7 year old twins Jacob and Sophie, where I was headed and why (as a frequent business traveler, I have mastered a 10-second "pitch" explaining the why, where and how long of each sojourn), I tried to engage them in my mission.
"So," I asked, "what kinds of places would you like me to find near Aunt Laurie's house for when YOU get to come visit?" Like the lawyer I am not (but my father-in-law secretly hopes I will become), I asked the question knowing the answer already. I sat back, waiting for the inevitable list: toy store, candy store, ice cream store...
And this is why I am not a lawyer -- because I never saw this coming.
Sophie replied: "Bathrooms."
Bathrooms? Not an amusement park, zoo or go-kart track?
No - BATHROOMS.
Basic needs. What fun would everything else be if you don't have a bathroom?
It reminded me about how important it is to take a step back and distinguish between needs and wants. So ask yourself:
What are three things you really need -- in your career, in your relationships, for your health?
What are three things you really want -- in your career, in your relationships, for your health?
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Oh, and be warned: it doesn't ask about bathrooms.