Repeat this quote to yourself every day when you awaken:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"One shot. This is it. Either today counts, or it's wasted. There is no second chance at this day.
- Mary Oliver
Which says that you'd better know what priorities you have and organize your time appropriately.
And my life is organized around those priorities. Every activity that I do has to be viewed and managed in light of this list, or I'm squandering my one wild and precious life.
- My budding business and being creative
- My health
My kids come first, because I'm the only dad that they have and I impact their lives every day. They are my legacy on earth. I make the world a better place through them.
Work comes next because it lets me take care of my kids.
Next, executing ArtByBrett and what will follow it because it is my future and will someday be my only work.
My health allows me to be physically able to do all of the above.
My friends, whom I love dearly, finish the list, and I help them and make myself available to them when I can.
Which makes me think that it will be a while before I can consider a relationship with anyone. Unless it is a very deep, trusted, and patient relationship that respects the priorities I have. Cuz I have a pretty full list.
ETC: Ran across this:
"People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they'll fight for, sacrifice for, trust."Whoever my future partner is, she and I will both have a deep investment in "us." My one wild and precious life doesn't have time for half-assed efforts. I want full-out, fervent, passionate, joyful...
- Howard Schultz, Starbucks (IBD/09.05)
This is a good re-orienting day.