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What’s Important And What’s Not

March 23, 2018

What’s important and what’s not? That’s the biggie question that all of us get around to answering sooner or later. Just like the Ten Commandments guide our lives whether we like it or not, the truth of what’s important has the same effect. The trouble is that almost all of us have a different learning curve.

When we are young, our sense of importance usually revolves around ourselves. We are self-important, self-centered and self-serving. We pretty much tend to ordain what’s important in our lives. The rest doesn’t really matter as long as we’re having fun. Our cars are cool, and our girls are fast or at least we think so. That’s what’s important; the rest is not.

Time has a way of changing everything in our lives including the ordering of what’s important and what’s not. When we hit the marrying age, our sense of self-importance is usually accompanied by the importance of others, namely spouses and family. We begrudgingly give up some of our self-importance and replace it with concern for other people and other things. Our view of what’s important shifts a bit. Family is what’s important, money is important but cool cars and trolling the mall becomes what’s not.

When middle age rolls around (Hey, it does folks!), our view of what’s important and what’s not changes again. Health becomes a major focus when just a few years ago, it wasn’t even on the radar for most of us. Family, money and free time are important. What’s not important are small things like receding hairlines and exceeding waistlines. Notice that the money thing is still there.

At last, geezerdom is upon us and what’s important suddenly becomes small. Just another tomorrow or two would be fine. Health is extremely important but the money angle has faded toward what’s not. Most of us do a count every year and figure we will probably scrape by until we kick the bucket. That bucket or more precisely when it gets kicked becomes all important. What’s not? Pretty much every thing else.

What’s important and what’s not? It depends on whether you’re standing on the starting line or the finishing line or somewhere in between.

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  1. You may be getting older, but you’re definitely getting better. Good post! 🙂

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  2. May your finish line be far in future!😀

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  3. Thank you – I’m always trying to push that line a bit more.


  4. Reblogged this on allenrizzi and commented:

    What’s important to you?


  5. Perspective definitely changes over time. I think. 🙂

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