Monday, January 23, 2006

It Doesn't Matter

So when doesn't it matter? You know...when you just shrug your shoulders and say, "Forget doesn't matter." It's like the time a co-worker came into my office in a tissy about something that (to them) was a big deal. I sat there thinking (of course, as they talked) to myself - you know, this REALLY DOESN'T MATTER. I don't care. It's of no value. I even thought I might comment on their tirad by saying, "...and what's the big deal?!"

Everything in life is given a priority. Take for example, our thought process in the morning. We begin thinking about what needs to be accomplished in the day. This usually takes place in the shower. By the time we brush our teeth (I probably have this out of order, or skip this one if you are gross), we might be formulating a pecking order of what should be done first. We automatically give priority to every task. This happens even if we don't realize we are doing it.

Everyone has their own unique priority order. While I think it is important to brush my teeth in the morning, the next person feels that getting down that first cup of java is more important. So who's right? While it's not really a matter of right or wrong in this case, when does it become a matter of right and wrong. For example, is it right to let someone wait to meet with me when I simply want to finish a project? This one is a little more grey. Then there are obvious ones, the priority of my wife over other women. My wife is priority one...and if she wasn't, I'd be wrong to think otherwise.

So the question is - how do we choose priorities? I'm convinced we select priorities based off of (most of the time) selfish desires and nearsightedness. Consider a doctor giving me news that I had a week to live. My priorities would shift dramatically. My investments of resources (not just money, but time and other elements) would look different. But why? Should I always live life like it's my last week? How about my last day? But how can I when I spend a day at work? Spending a day at work would not be my choice for my last day of life. So the trick is to live life using priorities primarily based from the information we know right now about the past, present, future...and to not dwell on the what-ifs. Bottom line, I want to get to the end with no regrets with how my priorities are.

Even this some point, it was my priority to post an entry.

And for some point, it was your priority to read this post.

God help us to prioritize our lives as if He would want us to if He were in our shoes.

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