When we step back from our daily routine, we create an opportunity to observe that which matters, and that which doesn’t. It gives us the ability to scrutinize those things that truly count from the things that are of mere interest. Prioritizing is the determination between the two, and the skill of putting those things that make a difference ahead of those that don’t. It sounds easy, but doing so is a completely different matter.
Nibbling at the edge of a question can never substitute for an attack at the heart of a challenge. It’s human nature to want to take the “easy” way around a problem without ever touching upon the crux of the matter. In this situation, prioritizing becomes nothing more than a game of doing that which is comfortable and putting off that which is essential. Procrastination is the devil’s way of drawing us amiss (see Procrastination: The ‘Demon’ Hanging Over Us…).
Hence, prioritizing takes on a whole new meaning in which we live our lives. Prioritize we must, but it’s what we prioritize that distinguishes the mundane from the reverent. What is it that we hold in high esteem we must ask ourselves? What is it that drives our soul forward with the hope of achieving a positive lasting mark? Or do we even bother to ask such questions of ourselves? Do we even bother to prioritize the meaning that our life may bring to the world?
Seemingly, many of us do not. It would appear that many bide their time by doing that which is peripheral to that which matters. Day by day, we play allusion to our dreams, goals and ambitions, and day by day we pass our time without prioritizing those things that will help get us there. “The pen is mightier than the sword,” wrote English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) in 1839 and that may very well be, but if left uncoupled with equivalent actions, then those words lose any sacredness ascribed to them. They become empty without meaning.
It’s not enough to just prioritize that which is important to us, but we must then act upon that which we prioritized. Is health a priority? Then we must exercise and eat right. Are family and friends important? Then we must make time to spend with them. Is our career important to us? Then we must focus our energy on being the best we can. None of these deeds derive from themselves. The onus lies within us to make them happen. We are the captain of our ship and it’s up to us to decide the course we sail. It’s up to us to set priorities.
If the history of humankind demonstrates one lesson, it’s that which we’re willing to prioritize. Prioritizing without thought, societies run amok; prioritizing with it, paired with action, everything is possible…
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