David Dellman, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

I have a guilty pleasure.

Okay, I have many guilty pleasures, but the one of interest for today is Hallmark movies.

I love Hallmark movies.

Sometimes the wisest statements can come from a character in a Hallmark movie.

In The Art of Us, one of the characters said, “How you spend your days matters more than how much it pays.”

The story is about an artist who likes to walk dogs and the curator of an art gallery who needs an artist.

We’ve all heard value statements like the one above before.

Placing happiness above salary is not at all uncommon wisdom in our culture, but watching that value played out in a Hallmark movie is far different than living it in real life.

In our day to day lives, we have bills to pay, retirements to plan for, and perhaps dependents.

Deciding to pursue happiness over income is not always practical, or is it?

Consider, for instance, how productive you might be if you are happy as opposed to frustrated.

Consider that forty plus hours every week is never simply the way you make a living; it is your lifestyle, your life.

Your primetime, your best time, is your work time.

You may have your evenings, weekends, and vacations to look forward to, but looming over all of those “off” times is work time.

How much better would your off time be if you looked forward instead of dreaded your work time?

Money can be earned.

But time is irreplaceable.

We can lose a fortune and earn it back, but when we lose time, it never returns.

Every minute that passes is one less minute you have to pass. 

Are you investing your time in what makes you and others happy?

If not, why not?

What is holding you back?

Think about it.

Take care,

David Dellman