Focus on What’s Important!

Focus on What’s Important!

Courage To Change — November 13, 2019

Life is busy. Attention is so very short. People can’t be bothered, they just quickly deal with it and forget it. That’s about how things are working. The insistent and the immediate are so often chosen over the important things. If we can focus on what’s important, the rest will fall into place, but when the immediate get’s done, the insistent is addressed. And the important is forgotten about, then life falls apart.

Quick and Simple Disclaimer: The readings in this post are literally taken wholesale out of the book entitled Courage to Change. You can find it at Amazon, Here. The portion entitled Alleged Insight, well that mess is all me.
If you’re an introvert, go buy the book, if you’re a broke introvert, the text from many good books can be found HERE , if you’re in dire straits however, go find an Al-Anon Meeting, it saved me.

So onward to Today’s Reading

Quoted from Page 318 in “Courage to Change

I read somewhere that the things that are urgent are rarely important, and the things that are important are rarely urgent. I can get so caught up in the nagging, trivial matters of day-to-day life that I forget to make time for more important pursuits. The Al-Anon slogan I find most helpful in getting my priorities in order is “First Things First.”

Today, maintaining my serenity is my first priority. My connection with my Higher Power is the source of serenity, so maintaining that connection is my “First Thing.”

If I imagine I am in a dark room and that my Higher Power is my only source of light, then my best hope for navigating around the furniture will be to bring that source of light with me as I move through the room, but my passage is sure to be slow, confusing and possible painful.

Today’s reminder

As i think about what to do with this day, I will set some time aside for what is really important. I will put “First things first” today.

Quote

“Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.“

Henry David Thoreau

Alleged Insight:

Well this is a good follow-up to the weekend’s madness. First Thing First.

Yep, Madness, that’s about right.

This weekend’s been challenging, with a new fur baby, family issues and general stress, life is filled with so much noise and busy activity, that it’s almost impossible to see the important for all the noise of the immediate chaos.

It snowed yesterday, and the boy’s came through like champions. Shovels were out and the road was cleared in record time. It was a magnificent sight, and finally after hot-chocolate for all we settled down for a short spell. We’re retraining a 2 yr old dog so calm is a relative term.

But what’s important? Yeah, dinner is kinda up there, as is housework, and school schedules and all the other issues of the day. But what’s truly important is that my children end up in bed, sleeping and calm, feeling secure and loved.

I think I’ll make cookies with them tonight for lunches tomorrow.

Have a well-loved night and take care of yourself.

In Grace,

Duke.


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