A while back, my hubby and I framed our family value system with a term I call a “generational quotient.” Generational quotient begs the question, “what are you doing that will last beyond YOU?” Inevitably, any physical thing my husband and I can accumulate will be dispersed when we pass on to the next life. The only things we can leave behind are eternal and are grounded in small, relational investments… Real time spent with real people, which yields a good result in them.
Mess Yields Success
I often get caught fixating on the highlight reels of others; their Pinterest-worthy parties and Facebook fan clubs as I struggle to teach my kids how to sort and fold the 8 loads of laundry on the couch… Or how to prime a castle bed… And that’s when I remind myself that success is measured by how much I deposit in my kids. That’s my generational quotient… My house may be messier than yours, and my projects may take longer, but please be patient and know that there is a reason. I’m not building something, I’m building someone—three someones, to be precise. It’s much harder to see my success past the mess, but at the end of the day when my children’s bedtime prayers include thankfulness that they got to paint with mommy or work with mommy, all is well. A wise friend once stopped me mid-step and said “people are more important than projects.” And she couldn’t have been more right.
Sarah Bess Pridgen
I'm honored to share this insight from my amazing friend, Sarah. Sarah's list of awesome includes: wife, mother of 3, daughter, sister, friend, speaker, singer/songwriter (who studied at Hillsong in Australia), and creative genius. I asked Sarah to guest write for my blog because Sarah carries herself with a winner's attitude. She is passionate about whatever she puts her hand to and does it well.