WHAT IS PRIORITY? ANYONE KNOWS? WE ALL KNOW...
The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others.
I learned several years ago that in these kinds of situations, I have to prioritize my own feelings.
The Only 4 Life Priorities That Matter
1.Health. Of mind, of body. ...
2.Relationships. Family, friends, and people that YOU CARE ABOUT seem to be a logical secondary life priority after you've taken care of yourself. ...
3.Career (Purpose). ...
Of mind, of body. Keep yourself in shape, but not obsessively. Aerobic exercise is a must (walking, jogging, swimming, etc), along with any other recreational forms of outdoor physical exertion. Interestingly, studies have shown that regularly exercising and accomplishing physical challenges will automatically keep your mind sharper and happier. In addition, it will embolden you to accept other non-physical challenges. Eat a balanced diet, avoiding health “trends” and fad diets. Groom your body and practice good hygiene. Maintain regular schedules of sleeping, eating, and otherwise.
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” – Herophilus
“The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” – G.K. Chesterton
Family, friends, and people that YOU CARE ABOUT seem to be a logical secondary life priority after you’ve taken care of yourself. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Exeter suggested that people who do volunteer work or regularly show generosity to others are more likely to be happy and satisfied with their own life – PLUS, they tend to live longer than other people. As Tennessee Williams said, “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”
Contrary to a popular saying, a job is never “just a job” – rather, as poignantly addressed in the 2010 movie Repo Men, “At the end, a job is not just a job – it is who you are, and if you wanna change who you are, you have to change what you do.”
In the “old” days, most people wound up falling into whatever industry their parents were in – farming, fishing, carpentry, textiles, etc. In the postmodern age, however, we have the blessing – and curse – of having way too many options. It has the effect of making life decisions harder – overwhelming, at times, as we decide on education, where to live, which subcultures to associate with, and what career paths to pursue.
“Don’t ever let economic alone determine your career or how you spend the majority of your time.” – Denis Waitley
Don’t live for tomorrow; live for today. Enjoy life! Pleasure is so important and brings the cycle of life priorities back to #1, which is your own personal well-being (“put your own oxygen mask on first”). Some people believe that to live a happy and interesting life, you must “never be satisfied” with yourself. This is intriguing, and I understand what they mean. However, I think it is important as humans to consciously acknowledge to ourselves a certain level of contentment when we reach encouraging milestones. Celebrating birthdays, watching the “big” game with friends, taking regular vacations, and trying to finish our day without any bitterness and resentment.
“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” – Book of Ephesians
At the end of the day, you should be on the path that you WANT to be on, even if its a diversion or pause. Have fun with people, marvel at the beauty of the natural world, listen to music, develop your hobbies, travel, and play around with the idea of satisfaction. Procrastination is not such a bad thing, after all…