In the past two weeks a nephew and a close friend have died. Death has a way of making me reflect on what’s most important in my life. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for someone to die before we can examine our priorities.
Here is an exercise that I had my students complete: “Five Most Important.” List the five most important (1) people in your life (you can group individuals into one category, such as children, and list the category as one of the five people), (2) memories in your life, (3) activities in your life, (4) possessions in your life, and (5) places in your life. When completed, you will have a list of the 25 most important priorities in your life.
Somebody is going to wonder how memories can be a priority. I would first ask you to consider what made those memories important. Then I would say that creating future memories with similar characteristics as your most important memories can be a priority.