several good friends and I were sitting in the office of a neurosurgeon. We
listened to him as he explained why he left a thriving practice in a large
metropolis to come a much smaller hospital in our area of the country. He
said it was all because of a letter he received.
You see, he had been so busy with his job, he told us that he literally had
not seen his little girl in three weeks. Then one night when he came home
from work, there was a letter by his bed from his 11 year-old daughter. It
was a letter in which this little girl told her daddy that she missed him
and wanted more of his time. She acknowledged to her daddy that he had an
important job, but she said, “Daddy, doing the ‘right’ thing is sometimes
the ‘hard’ thing to do.” It was at this point that this successful
neurosurgeon decided he wanted to be a father first. So he left his
practice and moved his family to South-Central Kentucky.
I couldn’t help but be touched by this doctor’s story. Before me was a man
who knew that there are things in life that are more important than fame,
ego, work, and money. It doesn’t take a “brain surgeon” be able to identify
proper values and priorities in life. Sometimes, little 11 year-old girls
who miss their daddy can discern those things. The question I have for you
is have you discerned these same truths? Give it some thought.