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As our kids started to grow up, walk themselves, eat by themselves, play by themselves, my wife and I found ourselves constantly having to clean up after them. It felt like the day started with picking up toys, clothes, or some unidentified object that went straight in the garbage, off the floor, ended in pretty much the same way, with this blur in the middle. Until we just said enough is enough, sat back, and enjoyed the experience of watching them growing up, make a mess, and dealing with it when they had gone to bed.

Moral of the story, things are never perfect, but they never have to be when you are with the people you love, so leave the mediocre tasks (cleaning up, emails, or fixing whatever is broken) that can be dealt with tomorrow, to spend more time with the people that matter today. It’s all that counts, and your life will be so much richer because of it.