Think About It

But We Do It Anyway, Because It's Socially Acceptable
But We Do It Anyway, Because It’s Socially Acceptable

In a busy world, and it’s always been a busy world, we can’t do everything that comes across our path. Yet we often try to anyway.

Why? We learn a lot from watching those who came before us. We also learn from TV, movies, books, and the Internet.

It’s not uncommon for us to have a skewed list of priorities because all we know is all we know.

To change our perspective – and our priorities – we’d really need some significant force.

Is a powerful, paradoxical question enough?

It might be…

Please join me in a warm welcome for Patty Hebert. Take it away Patty:

Think about it. You find a thick envelope in the mail. Your eyes roll. You open it; another wedding invitation; a cousin, a niece, an estranged sibling. The clock is running. You have six weeks to formulate the perfect, Sorry but… Tried to squeeze it in but…

Think about it. The phone rings. A grandmother, grandfather, cousin, uncle, or estranged sister has died; unexpectedly or not. The calendar is wiped. Children get pulled from school with no thought of missed homework or exams. Important business meetings and dinner plans canceled. Soccer tournaments missed.

Now ask yourself, what’s more important, the living or the dead?

Think about it.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Kris, for the older adult who has lived a decent number of years, perhaps a party, a huge celebration.
    For those loved ones who leave under tragic circumstances, you’re right, funerals are for the living left behind.

  2. Jeff, thanks for the opportunity to guest blog. As a writer I love to write and I appreciate this new outlet.

    David thanks for the warm welcome. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments over the past month since discovering Jeff”s blogs.

    Kris, the back story to this post, is over 25 years ago a very close friend invited us to her wedding. My partner at that time, who didn’t want to take the time away from school (grad school — research) and due to distance (1000 miles), decided we wouldn’t go. That we would see her that next summer — but a few months later she passed away from a chronic illness. And then our calendar was going to be cleared. I learned a painful lesson that day. In the end, I refused to attend her funeral saying that if we did not celebrate the happiest day of her life, I wasn’t going to celebrate her death. Lesson learned. We will be attending our niece’s wedding next month. The plane tickets have been purchased. Hotel and car reservations are made. The schools have been informed, our children will not be there for a happy and joyful reason.

  3. Patty, you have a great thought process, one that compliments what readers come hear for – to think, be inspired, be encouraged, to prioritize life’s big choices, to be a role model.

    You have passion. You tell stories, and you use personal examples.

    That’s all a great writer or speaker needs to do.

    Nothing fancy, just real life in real time.

  4. Love your writing, Patty!
    Cool story about how you found your way to the Tribe.
    And 5 years a-blogging. Wow!
    I look forward to more.

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