And my answer is usually "yes and no". That could be construed as "sitting on the fence", so as this topic came up at the Thursday Writers' Post, I thought it would be a good one to tackle.
Work is all about priorities - what parts of the project do I plan first, how do I organise my day - the answer to a work related priority question is always an easy "yes".
So do I apply the same at home or in my personal life? Yes I do for the big things in life, but perhaps not in the day to day living. And then, after giving this some thought, the answer came back, actually, yes I do, even though consciously I might think I don't.
The quote below sums up the essence of priorities very nicely.
Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions
~ Dallin H. Oaks
Although I have stopped planning my life as the Universe always seems to have a different plan for me and I've learned to go with the flow, my deep desires influence the big priorities I set in my life. And as I look over the years, I see how those desires and hence priorities have changed. In fact just looking at the last 4 years of my life, I can see how differently I view life and how subtly or sometimes significantly my desires have transformed.
Even in my day-to-day living each choice I make is essentially an outcome of prioritising - shall I cook now or clean, shall I read or blog, shall I exercise or blob.
And then, the large or small priorities dictate the actions we take. For example if travelling the world is a priority I set, then my need to finance the trip will determine whether I save for the trip or buy the iPad that my friend just bought. Priorities determine our actions.
So here are my life's priorities at this moment in time (and they will no doubt change as the years roll by):
- People are always first priority - showing love, kindness and compassion, always being there when they need you, helping wherever you can.
- Good health - meditation, exercise and healthy eating for fitness and energy.
- Enough finance to live life comfortably - that means work and save a little for a rainy day.
- Enjoying and appreciating life - that means doing the things in life I really want to do and appreciating people and the small and big things that come my way.
So if I am ever asked this question again ... do you prioritise? ... my answer will be an emphatic YES.
Enjoy your day.
Linking to: Thursday Writers' Post