Time To Slow Down My Hamster Wheel

Posted on July 31, 2013 by - Also by this author

Prioritizing and balancing life and work and everything else.
 
If you are a regular reader of my weekly drivels, also known as my blog, you probably have figured out that I am involved in a lot more than running a limousine company. In fact, I realized recently that I was no longer in control of my life. I have involved myself in so many charity and professional associations that my days were beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with many skipped meals. That’s not healthy for anyone.

I suppose my first foray into community service was in 1990 when I didn’t like the way things were done at my kids’ school. Next thing you know, I’m president of the PTA, president of the School Site Council, a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Cabinet and producing a spaghetti fundraising dinner for student activities. The spaghetti dinner survives to this day some 23 years later although I am not involved anymore.

Along the way, I joined the board of directors of 10 non-profit groups and began creating signature events for each or participating in existing events. Not little events but huge festivals attended by 6,000 people at a time. While running the limousine business for the past 20 years, I have also been the general manager for a NASCAR racetrack, a 24,000 square-foot nightclub, an auto body repair shop, and a metal finishing business. I run my own limousine consulting service and serve as an editor and consultant for this magazine. There also have been failed attempts at a stereo shop and catering business.

Now, I have seven grandchildren. This happened literally over a period of the last six years. My kids keep having kids! I gave a piece of advice to a friend recently and told her that if something is not enjoyable to you, you should quit. As I laid my head on the pillow that night, it hit me! I needed to take my own advice. I was running too fast.
Life goes by in the blink of an eye. There is nothing more important than my family. So, after the 4th of July weekend with my kids and grandkids, the decision was made.
 
On Monday, July 8, 2013, I resigned as president of three charity groups. I know it was a shock to my board members but it really felt good. It takes a lot of work to produce three events for each one:  A golf tournament, a massive Halloween party at the local Marriott, and a banquet and awards program for 911 dispatchers throughout the county. 
 
I am looking forward to my newer, simpler lifestyle.

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor

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