5/16/11

Priorities


I always hate those stretches of time when I’m silent here on my blog, because (and I mean this with all honesty) I always have something to say. This morning, when I finally had time to sit down and really think about a new blog post, I decided perhaps it was the silence I would address.

Life is all about priorities. I wear a lot of hats… wife, mom, teacher, writer, and plenty of others at any given time. Most people have multiple responsibilities that they attend to, and at various times, depending on the situation, some of those responsibilities “move up” the ladder of importance. For instance, when a parent has a sick child, all else pretty much ceases to be important. Or when a big report is due at work – or in my case, when a big program is being presented at school – our time and energy is spent on that. This is natural. It’s the way of the world. Sometimes different parts of our lives take a backseat to others. It’s up to us to decide when that’s necessary, and to make sure that the other responsibilities we have don’t completely fall to the wayside.

So, my blog’s been silent lately. I’ve had a sick child – the umpteenth incident of strep throat in my house over the last year. I’ve also recently directed a sizeable choir program… one we spent the entire year learning, perfecting, and producing. I had to prioritize. I had to put on the correct “hat” at the correct “time”. But even during those hectic times, I still made time for the other “stuff” in my life.

We make time for what’s important… family, friends, jobs, etc. For me, writing is always on that list. Even in the midst of strep throat and big job responsibilities, I made what time I could for my writing. I made sure to have fresh material to submit to my bi-monthly writers group. And on the night of the meeting, I was there, even though I had yet to go home from work yet. I do these things because they’re important to me.

Priorities. We all have them, and sometimes they shift. But if it’s important to you, it stays on the list, and you keep making time for it, even when it’s tough.

It’s good to be back. Have a great week… happy reading and writing!

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have your priorties in the right place. I find with certain things, even while I'm doing the right thing because it's a priority, I would rather be writing (I don't mean sick kids, just the other things:)).

    Good to have you back.

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  2. Yes, I'm with you there. I feel like my mind is always at least "half" in writer-mode all the time. It's amazing all the stuff I can do WHILE I'm plotting or revising in my head! I used to (and sometimes still do) feel guilty when I can't carve out as much writing time as I'd like. I've decided it's good that I feel a twinge of guilt, because it means the writing is still very important to me. If it wasn't, I wouldn't care about letting it slide. But at the same time, I recognize that it always comes "back up the ladder", no matter what!

    Good to be back!

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  3. I'm dreading summer vacation, because I know the kids will take up a lot of my time. That sounds bad, and I absolutely adore my kids, but it hurts not to be able to do what you want. I understand about priorities. I just don't always like them.

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  4. Amy:
    Priorities run my life. I'm trying really hard to get things in order so I can retire and live on 1/3 of what I make. I'm also trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'll be a hermit with time to write.
    I also want to create some art work that will be worth selling. Already set up to teach two classes this fall for EKU. And I'd really like to go back to school and pick up those two graduate level classes I need to teach studio art.

    I'm already setting up a schedule so I won't fall into that lazy summer stuff.

    Write on,
    Teresa R.

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  5. Good to see you back in the blogosphere! I need to do the same and I'm right there with all of you- I'm needed to do some prioritizing myself and in fact, think the day you posted this Amy was the same day I posted a quote about life and priorities on my status on FB.
    Great minds!

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  6. I know exactly what you mean, Amy. Priorities can get tough when it seems - in the moment - that everything is a priority. Somehow, writing seems to take a backseat to the other priorities but, like you, it always comes right back up that ladder.

    Just think - all the things that 'interrupt' life and how we deal with it is great fodder FOR our writing!

    Great Post!

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