Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Urgent vs. Important

One thing I have learned from this wretched disease is that there are things that are important in life. But the urgent things usually take precedence, and the important gets shoved aside. For example, something very important to me is spending quality time with my son every day. Reading, homeschooling, playing, laughing...but the "urgent" gets in the way. The laundry. The overflowing dishes. Making that phone call. Putting the dogs out. It's like, "Oh, I know the two things Doug really wants done every day are the dishes, and a clean table." So that becomes urgent.

I have to check my e-mail. Urgent.
I have to see if so-and-so got my message on facebook and if they responded, and I have to know right now! Urgent.
The dogs have to go out...right NOW! Urgent.
So and so called two days ago, I HAVE to call them back! Urgent.

Spending time with God. Important.
Posting on my blog (to me) Important. This is more than a hobby for me...it's my way to teach about chronic illness, to encourage others (hopefully)...so it's important in my life.
Spending quality time with my son and husband. Important.

Ask yourself this: Is what I'm doing going to matter tomorrow? What about a month from now? A year? Eternally? I encourage you to look at your time...and see what urgency is preventing you from doing what is really important in your life.

3 comments:

Peterson Family said...

I don't worry about the house or the laundry, I know all too well that things can change in a moment. The important things are right in front of us and we should embrace each and every day!

Thanks for sharing my SITS day with me!

Jenxr77 said...

Thank you so much Kerri,

I was looking up info on MG and the H1N1 vaccine yesterday and stumbled on your blog. It inspired me to start my own, something I have been meaning to do but kept putting off. Your words ring so true to me and it looks like we are eskimo sisters. I'm in GR and I too was diagnosed and am actively treated at UofM. I look forward to following your journey, you have been battling this much longer than me, I was diagnosed this past fall.

God Bless,
Jen

Rachel said...

Good reminders. Thank you.