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.
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    Good, taking care of yourself is most unselfish thing you could do.

    3941 days ago
    You write well, and it's a good read.
    3942 days ago
    you Gooooooooo GF! Hey did you like the songs I sent?
    3942 days ago
    even with all of the other things in your life, it is great to hear that you are making your health a priority as well.
    Keep it up!
    3942 days ago
  • LINDA6105
    I need to bump exercise to priority status. Thanks for the insights.
    3942 days ago
    Your thoughts are inspiring and myself I am glad you put them down for others to read!

    Thank you,

    3942 days ago
    Great post- as ever- But I disagree, very slightly! ones emoticon

    Kids, pets, spouse, (in no particular order....!), are obligations, rather than priorities- when they enter your life you are agreeing to a duty of care.

    Health and fitness are vital, but are choices, or options, albeit important ones.

    Maybe a better definition of a priority could be 'a task that needs doing that you don't necessarily want to undertake, but try to enjoy it anyway'!

    I think.
    x emoticon

    3942 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5078271
    Very good blog....and even better attitude....I will try to follow in your footsteps! emoticon
    3942 days ago
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