Ibn Umar narrated that the Prophet (S) said: "Be in this life as if you are a stranger or a wayfarer."
Ibn Umar used to say, "In the evening do not expect to live to the morning, and in the morning, do not expect to live to the evening."
(Related by Bukaree)
It is important to realize our priorities in this life and not become too attached to matters of little benefit. I think we should strive to come to a nice balance of working hard to accomplish our goals in this life with the firm understanding that the hereafter is very real and eternal.
May Allah help us keep our intentions sincere and be of those who are rightly guided. Ameen.
On another note, I am having knee surgery in a few hours, iA, and I hope you can keep me in your duas. I don't know if you are keeping up with the health care insurance debate, but feel free to post articles and updates on this topic.
Be safe and take care.