Yesterday my priority was a family drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The southern US has experienced many days of heavy rains and we enjoyed a break between downpours, drinking in the beauty of the flowering trees as we drove. We rounded a corner in the road and were surprised to see some of the Parkway’s natives, a herd of deer, enjoying a few rays of sunshine. Our car startled them, they ran across the field, jumped a swollen stream and ran off into the forest. The last deer, the smallest, was a young doe who hesitated, looked at the rushing water in the stream and cleared it magnificently in a mighty leap. She stopped on the other side, looked at us as if to say, “It was a priority to get away from you”, and ran off in the woods to join her friends.
Priority is defined as “a preferential rating; especially: one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply” (Definition of Priority, 2017). The young doe quickly determined that her priority to run away from humans received preferential rating. Most of us are running like that herd of deer through our daily lives. Our time is a limited supply. How will you choose to allocate it?
A web search reveals 14,800,000 hits on “priority”. Many of these web sites are dedicated to ‘priority health’ because without good health we have no other priorities. One of my daughters devotes a couple hours each week to meal planning and prep to make sure she follows a healthy eating plan that is budget-conscious. One of my friends schedules daily time for reflection and devotion to create a healthy mindset for the day. I set daily exercise as a priority with a personal goal each week.
The act of writing down goals and priorities helps us clarify and achieve. The daily action planner asks us to define our top three priorities each week. What are the three things that are most important to devote your precious time and energy to this week? The time will pass; will you choose to act on what is most important to you?
Definition of Priority. (2017, April). Retrieved from Merriam Webster Web Site: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/priority