I saw this quote not too long ago, and then this morning it popped up again. “If you want to see what you really value and prioritize in your life, look at how you spend your time” (Jon Leonetti, Mission of the Family). Today, of all days, it really made me think as tomorrow is not only Valentine’s Day, but it is also the beginning of the Lenten Season.
Life is so busy for all of us, and has no promise of slowing down of its own accord. If I get something scheduled on the calendar, then it usually happens. Not written down……probably it will get lost in the shuffle of other things. If I write it, then I am committed!! But what about all those other things that take time and are not on the calendar? Are they priorities too?
While I do know that things like cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and the never ending errands do have to get done, lately it seems I spend too much time on these tasks and not enough on the things I treasure doing. So, my new idea is to time order these tasks and allow at least one hour for my ‘priorities’ each day. I will have to get back to you on how well that works.
One of my priorities in life truly is my family and close life long friends. I want to give love, JOY, caring and special kindnesses each day, not only on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take very long to make that long overdue call, visit a sick person, stop to chat with a neighbor, or sit down and jot a note to someone who could use an extra long distance hug. These are going to be what I prioritize during that hour each day I have re – designated for myself.
Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you and may the JOY of love, care and kindness be with you!