An online news article caught about Mike Wallace caught my attention in 2012, the year he died. Mike Wallace was an American journalist who interviewed a wide range of very prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes which debuted in 1968.
The article went as follows:
The sharp-witted and equally sharp-tongued Wallace seemed to lose his illustrious career in the fog of memory in his final years. In a December 2011 interview, Wallace's son Chris, a Fox News anchor, talked about his father.
"My dad is 93 and showing it for the first time," Wallace said. "Physically, he's OK. Mentally, he's not. He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he's uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions 60 Minutes. It's as if it didn't exist. It's as if that part of his memory is completely gone."
Chris Wallace said the only thing his father talked about at that point in his life was his children and grandchildren. "There's a lesson there. This is a man who had a fabulous career and for whom work always came first. Now he can't even remember it."
If you reviewed the list of prominent people Wallace interviewed over his career, you would be absolutely amazed. Yet it struck me that toward the end of his life, he could not remember any of it. All he could remember was his children and grandchildren. As a father of young child myself, it was a wake up call to what’s really important in the midst of busyness. My prayer for you this month is that you would be able to have fresh eyes to see what is important and spend time on those things.