Everyone knows Italians got it figured out, but in case you had any doubts, read on:
Le Cinque Palle
The Lesson of The Five Balls:
Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you're keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to realize that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls - family, health, friends, integrity - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of "le cinque palle," you will have achieved the beginnings of balance in your life.
Life is precious, and so is la famiglia. So try to keep this going, email it to friends via the little envelope link under this post. After all, it is a lesson that is sometimes hard to remember, and sometimes harder to learn.