Who Will Remember?

By Sandy Coletta

Many years ago, I had the privilege of working with a very wise man. We were in a bit of a crisis, a delayed computer conversion with significant dollars on the line. Because of the delay, the go live date overlapped with a planned vacation that included my children. I was bracing myself for the harsh reality of needing to tell them that we wouldn’t be going, when he asked a simple question:

Who will remember?

I gave that question a lot of thought and decided to proceed with the vacation. After all, the thought that I would someday be laying on my death bed and have my children remind me of the time I cancelled their trip was too much to contemplate.

The alternative also struck me as a harsh reality, the likelihood of any of my co-workers or bosses being present to thank me for my sacrifice of a family vacation was close to zero.

An impossible choice in the moment becomes so much clearer when viewed as the memory it will create.

2 Responses to Who Will Remember?

  1. Diane Gufler on September 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm says:

    So true!

  2. Kare Anderson on September 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm says:

    Sandy what a meaningful way to make a choice + you are modeling behavior for your children. Thank you for this important reminder for living well with others

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