I was speaking to a friend recently and he made mention of the fact that some people are suffering or battling with misplaced priorities. At first, I was sceptical about how true that could be. But a movie I watched recently established the fact that in all sincerity, a person could be struggling with the syndrome of misplaced priorities.
The movie portrayed different characters but one in particular caught my attention. Here was a young man who had been destined to succeed effortlessly. However the quest “to belong” shifted his attention from the most paramount thing to the less significant.
Consequently, he ended up failing countlessly. However, he was quick to do a honest appraisal of his life. This pushed him into re-examining his priorities. As a result he ended up living a life worth emulating.
Now let’s bring this home. Several people are one way or the other shifting their focus from the most important thing to the less significant too. The unreasonable desire to be recognised and known has pushed them into misappropriating their priorities. No wonder Stephen R. Covey rightly divided the word of truth by saying:
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
Thus, the most vital things, principles, relationships and what have you are relegated to the background while the less important and trivial things that are Infinitesimal are glorified and made the centre of focus and attraction.
How then do they live a blissful life and achieve the success they wish or long for?
In the first instance, priorities are situations, events, people, people, practices etc which take the first place in our lives. Nature from inception hasn’t designed any law which guide our priorities. Hence, what comes first in a person’s life might take the last place in another’s.
While some people are quick to align their priorities differentiating between the important and less important, some others don’t seem to know what their priorities are or in a reasonable way, they don’t seem to align their priorities with their goals. Consequently, they end up failing and heaping blames on the wrong party.
However, it is of utmost importance to examine our priorities lest we fall or slide into the syndrome of misappropriating our priorities which can be detrimental to our lives, missions, goals and objectives.
What goes around will definitely come around. If you set your priorities right, nothing can and will stop you from achieving your goals and mission. If on the other way round, you get the corresponding results too.
Now, having priorities isn’t a great deal of work. What matters most is ensuring that these priorities are balanced and they do not affect our chances of living successful lives.
However, making our priorities balanced or misplaced is a question of choice as everyone decides how and when to arrange these priorities and tailor it to match life’s goals and objectives.
Don’t you think it is high time you set your priorities right so you understand the difference between the balanced and misplsced ones? Let me leave you with the words of Roy T. Bennett which has this to say:
Life is short. Focus on what really matters most; you should change your priorities over time.
Once again, are your priorities balanced or misplaced? Waiting to hear your responses in the comments.
Writer: Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza