8/19/09

Priorities:: The Cold Hard Truth


A famous Spanish violinist, Pablo de Sarasate once said, "For 37 years I practiced 14 hours a day, and now they call me a genius."
Priorities say a lot about who you are and where you're heading.

Sometimes as women we spend too much time pining for things and less time making them happen. My children are sick of hearing me lecture them, "You're smart! You get good at what you practice. If you practice pouting... you'll get good at it. If you practice lying... you'll get good at it. If you practice patience and love... you'll get good at it!" Those little peanuts of mine know that they are responsible to practice the things that matter most to them in this life. They know that life has priorities and you practice the ones that are most important to you.



So,if you want a stellar house but keep walking by the dirty undies on the floor, where are your priorities? Are you really more interested in watching that T.V. show and sleeping or maybe your focus is toning up at the gym? Is your goal to get organized but you spend your time in blogland reading and "getting inspired" instead of making it happen? Are you really committing to the things that are most important to YOU?


The great thing about priorities are that they can change. The priority list is ever in flux and that ebb and flow allow us freedom to shift gears and rededicate ourselves to life's most important activities. Missed opportunities in areas that are important to us too often are our own fault... we don't use our time to "practice" or "work" toward that thing that will give us the greater joy. (In my case, getting baby #6 potty trained!)



So, today I ask... How are your priorities? Are you dedicating yourself to those things that will make your life most rich and meaningful? How can you rededicate yourself to something that has slipped by the wayside?
Photo credits: Roger Davies and Eric Bowman

11 comments:

TicklyToes said...

Very timely advice for me ;) Thank you

Wendy said...

Great Post!

Kathleen Grace said...

A great reminder to get off my hiney and do something! Blogging is one of my passions but I really need to control it more. I think priorities are a daily struggle for most of us and we need some cold, hard truth and a kickj in the pants every once ina while. Now I'm off to clean my house:>)

dawn said...

Well said, and something I need to constantly refocus on. Stop thinking about doing something and Just Do It!

I have a post that goes well with yours I think?

http://dawnsgoodlife.blogspot.com/2009/07/be-who-you-want-to-be.html

The new school year is a great time to refocus and reprioritize...I'm working on it over here!

Tia and Amara said...

Painful but true. Thanks.

Carrie said...

Agh. You. Are. Killing. Me.

I've been wanting a mentor for a long time...I think God is using you especially for me. :)

beccaw said...

Guess I need to log off and get busy, thanks for the reminder. Another great post!

Small House said...

NICE! Something we can all put to good use.
Sandra

Julz said...

Ok first of all.. I am just sick of all the perfectly decorated rooms you post, do real people even live in them? :) And second I hate potty training!

Jane In The Jungle said...

Girl we are on that potty training train together!!!

Sandra said...

I am one of those that spends her time "getting inspired," but doing hardly anything about it!

 
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