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This is no dress rehearsal
What really matters are relationships, not the little stuff.
What really matters are relationships, not the little stuff.

Some of us here at the Catholic Sentinel spend time focused on minor details. Is the kerning between letters even? Comma or no comma in this sentence? Are names spelled correctly? Which or that?

It’s easy to get swept up in workaday minutiae and lose track of what’s really important: our faith, our loved ones, our health.

One of our staffers here has a cherished relative who has spent the past four decades waking up at 4 a.m. for nursing shifts. She loved nursing; nothing compared to helping people in their time of need.

Over the years, her nursing duties became mostly administrative and much less gratifying.

Now, toward the end of her career, she counts down the days until retirement: Just one year, two months and six days more. That’s when the fun will begin. She’ll spend more time with her new granddaughter. Work in the garden. Travel.

But, last week, this dear relative was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and those joys and experiences she put off for so many years are cut short.

This heartbreak has us thinking: Which of our day-to-day concerns are really worth the heartburn? And how do we keep perspective when our inboxes brim and deadlines loom?

Our editor often reminds us, “This isn’t a dress rehearsal, folks.”

That’s what we try to remember when we’re tempted to stay late and answer emails instead of having dinner with family.

In our last days, those commas and emails won’t seem very important at all.

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