Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Priorities

Unfortunately, most of us need a little reminder every now and then about what is really important. Something will happen in our lives and we just sort of sit up, slap our foreheads stupidly, and say "OH MY GOD! Of course! I knew that, but I forgot that I knew that!"

The trouble is that we never know when that's going to happen and, when it does, it may be too late. If you lose a loved one in a tragic accident, how will you be able to say those things to them that you meant to say but never did?

My guess is that you probably don't have to think very hard to figure out your top priorities in life. Are you taking the time, however short, to think about it? And are you acting accordingly, spending your time and financial resources where it matters the most?

Always make sure that you keep balance and perspective in
your life. It's amazing how quickly 'important' things
can become unimportant.It's easy to work a lot when
you own a small business for example
(I'll bet you didn't know that) which makes it hard
to achieve that balance and perspective without
some conscious effort. Are your priorities in order?
Don't wait for that giant reminder to come
and slap you in the face. The next time you get angry with a
loved one, ask yourself if it really matters that much.

Have you ever watched "Mr. Mom", one of
Michael Keaton's first movies. In it, he loses his corporate
job, can't find another, and his wife (played by Terri Garr) ends
up going back to work for an advertising firm leaving him at home
to take care of the kids. She ends up working too much, so he
says these eight words to her.

Now I'm saying them to you:

"It's easy to forget what's important. So don't."

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15 comments:

Azuka said...

You know, you write very well. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I can't help thinking this is the exact answer to my time management problem :-*.

Endi said...

Yours is a nice blog..very inspiring...and just like Azuka said..you write well.Keep the flag flying.

Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Our priorities matter more than our passions.

The existential fact is, circumstances often make us change our priorities. And right now my sister in-law is "Mr. Mom" to my cousin who has become her "househusband". And he has suddenly given up all his dreams at 46. Because, his auto-repairs business collapsed and suddenly he lost his top social position.

I am always wondering how the corrupt rulers we have had in Nigeria since 1979 to date have affected the priorities of Nigerians and how
"A rapacious ruling elite has reduced the people of the Niger Delta, and indeed 70 percent of the Nigerian population to a life of penury, surviving on less than one dollar a day, in spite of the wealth from oil. Consequently, the Niger Delta remains one of the most underdeveloped, poverty-ridden, and crisis-prone regions of Nigeria.
~~ The Editorial of The Guardian of Nigeria on "Niger Delta: The Sore of a Nation" on Monday August 28, 2006.

God bless.

Susanne said...

This is so true! And very well put! Thanks for dropping by my place!

samuru999 said...

Thank you Christabelle for sharing
your wise words!
I always tell my husband and son every day that I love them.
That is a priority to me!
Take care and have a beautiful day!
-Margie

Keshi said...

u write some awesome posts Chris. Always gets me thinking.

Yes it's very easy to forget priorities cos we get caught up with the daily grind.

tnxxx for this post!
Keshi.

LondonBuki said...

Beautiful...

christabelle said...

Azuka: Thank you very much, thanks for stopping by too.

Endi: Thks so much and a very big welcome to you to commonground.

Osinach; I'm so sorry about your cousin. Well you're so rite about Nigeria but I think the economy is improving, tho we might not see it now, Obasanjo has really tried if you ask me and if we have patience we will see the effects of the reforms of this administration.

The Niger Delta situation however is one case that disturbs me whenever i remember it.

Sussane: thank you for stopping by too.

Margie: thats good, its something I really need to work on a lot, my mum is very dear to me for example but I cant remember the last time I told her I love her, sometimes i imagine what if something happens to her and I dnt get to tell her that.

Keshigirl: ur rite its soooo easy to do that. we just have to make a conscious effort.

Buki: thanks, may I tell you thet u inspired me to write this post. Thanks.

LondonBuki said...
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LondonBuki said...

Wow... thanks Christabelle.

starry nights said...

Thanks for sharing this post. made me think of my priorities in life and if i am on the right track.you write so well.

Heidi said...

Thankyou for this~

christabelle said...

Buki: sure, Buki, thanks too; for inspiring me.

Starrynites; Thanks so much for the kind words.

Heidi:Hurray! Good to have you back, hope ur trip was beautiful. thank you too.

Lee said...

your blog is one to visit during down times. Uplifting blog I must say..
Keep it up..:)

christabelle said...

Lee: thanks Sweetie, i just saw ur blog, its very nice too. thanks for coming by.