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A week and a half ago, I invited you to see your life with all the pressures and to-do’s in it, imagine it all gone, and then bring back your top 5.

The purpose of this exercise was to ensure that we include our priorities into our schedules. I enjoyed your comments and lists very much. As promised, here’s my list.

5. My Mission/Purpose

I mean The Other Bottom Line of course, but it’s bigger than that. I need to ignite the power and passion in others and relate with, promote, and speak community wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. That’s the great thing about having a vision and mission statement; it reflects who you are, what you do and how you do it. It also serves as a ‘measuring stick’  when making decisions.

4. My Health

I’m intentional about the food I eat. I try to exercise and get a good 8 hours of sleep. I could do better and I’m going to be more diligent about keeping health on my list of priorities.

3. Necessities of Life

I don’t need a lot to be happy. Some of the best things in life are totally free. I do need certain basics though: I need food. Shelter. Clothing. To love and be loved. To feel safe and secure. I will work hard to do what needs to be done in order to provide the necessities of life for myself.

2. My Tribe

I love the word Tribe. It saves me from long run-on sentences like: I really appreciate my family, friends, co-workers, blogging community, mailman, acquaintances, mechanic, grocer, doctor, internet provider, dancing partners, hair dresser, dentist, contacts…all those who knowingly and unknowingly contribute to my sense of belonging and joy – and hopefully, I contribute to theirs. My tribe is more important than any inanimate  thing.

1. My God

My Creator. He who knew and loved me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. I will see Him in the wonder of snowflakes, the beauty of sunsets and in every loving act. And I will be grateful for all my blessings.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. It makes sense to me though, to give these 5 priorities a prominent place in my life before I even attempt to schedule in all the other things that would demand my attention.


The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ~ Stephen Covey