I’m writing this newsletter at an AirBnB across from the Facebook HQ. Although their company hasn’t been the most ethical, you can’t deny the magic that’s happened inside those walls.
I spent this week with my lovely wife, Kendal, in back to back days of doctor’s appointments at Stanford. My wife has a chronic lung disease that has caused her to be evaluated for a lung transplant.
During one of our appointments with a social worker, Kendal was asked to “conceptualize what life would be like after the transplant.” Her response brought me to tears.
“I can’t wait to laugh really hard again without having to stop and catch my breath. Honestly, that’s pretty much it.”
As her eyes started to tear up, I was reminded of why I love her. Her circumstances have caused her to care about only the simple things in life. Running. Laughing. Walking around town. Everything most people take for granted.
My productivity tip is this – enjoy the simple things this weekend. Share a cup of coffee with a good friend. Watch your favorite childhood movie. Take some time to look around and give gratitude for the things that annoy you. Odds are, life is pretty good. We just lose sight of that every now and then.