I've Changed My Mind
Sunday, August 16, 2009
A lot of emphasis is placed on making a task, usually a repeated one, a priority. Merriam-Webster defines a priority as "something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives" Like so many of us struggling to lose weight and change our lifestyle need to make exercise a priority.
I started thinking about other priorities in my life. My son, my dogs, showing up for work on time, laundry etc. And how none of them require "scheduling" on my part; I just handle my business, so to speak.
I didn't think to myself when I had the Child, "Well now Jess, you're going to have to make sure he comes first in all things and redistribute the timing of other tasks in your world accordingly." I just did it. He jumped to the top of the list the day he was born, no hitches or glitches, minor or major. Likewise, my dogs get fed, watered, walked, trained and god knows, loved on each and every day. It's as natural to me to take care of their needs as it is to put shoes on before going to work.
Like taking care of my son and beasties, taking care of my body and mind "merits attention before competing alternatives." Those alternatives being some seriously useless ways in which I can spend my free time. Believe me, the plethora of alternatives is vast, I'm so easily distracted.
Actual priorities are much like being fluent in a second language. Genuine fluency requires no translation to your native language and just...happens. Genuine priorities don't really 'become' priorities, they just... are. It's a mindset, I suppose. So, I changed my mind a little over 3 weeks ago; exercise has bumped to priority status. It needs to be done, so I do it.