What Comes First?

priorities

noun: a thing that is regarded as more important than another

       I read the news most days and go out into the world and wonder if individuals and families and communities and our country really have a grasp on priorities.  You can’t reach your goals, short term or long term, without them.  It takes an understanding of where you’ve been and an idea of where you want to go to set priorities for the day, the week, the month, the year.  I am certainly goal oriented but moral priorities are also important.  How can you have integrity without priorities?

       I don’t remember living with priorities as a little girl.  Then again, there weren’t many distractions.  I got up, got dressed, went to school.  I came home, went out to play or did an activity, ate dinner, bathed, watched an hour of tv and went to bed.  That was it, day after day.  There were holidays and birthdays with presents and sweets but life was monotone and mundane.

       Today there is a bombardment of media and technology on top of work and bigger homes to take care of and and and.  If I didn’t have priorities I would be swallowed up by life.  Family comes first…period.  You know the adage “If the plane is going down, put your oxygen mask on first”?  That’s why I start the day with coffee and yoga.  Then, it’s prayers and well wishes for my husband and children.  Next…cleaning, organizing, and shopping so that they have clean clothes, nice things, and healthy food…our home is a respite from the outside world and I don’t take that responsibility lightly.  Priorities help me arrange my thoughts, mandate my deeds, and direct my goals.  I believe there must be an equation to success that involves Prioritize + Hard Work = Reaching Your Goals = Success.  Priorities help with our intentions and our intentions are all we have.  I kind of like that about myself…successful evolution. Priorities.

“Action expresses priorities.”

Gandhi

Categories: Motherhood

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