Stress sort of creeps up on you from behind, like those extra pounds we suddenly realize we're saddled with. Demands for your time tend to creep up, especially if you're farming.
There are always animals to be fed, equipment to be fixed, weeds to cut, crops to be scouted or harvested, and that list goes on and on. Then there's your "Honey do" and "Daddy do" lists. And your own "Oughta do" and "Want to do" lists are always in the back of your mind.
I have a rule that works – most of the time: "Put first things first." For me, the priorities are ranked as: God, wife, family, church and business. Once you set your personal priorities it is easier to live a satisfying life.
Yesterday, for instance, I said "no" to a working a weekend church conference exhibit because right now my wife needs me close to home. And I was elated that my son-in-law chose to spend time last night with my 11-year-old grandson to go to a professional wrestling exhibition even though he was tired after a 12-hour work day.
True success is found in a satisfying life – not in chasing money, power or achievement. You can be poor and still have a satisfying life. You can be rich and have a very unsatisfying life.
It comes down to the choices we make. And sometimes we really have to slow down and celebrate what is good and reflect on all our blessings.
And we Americans live in the most-blessed part of the world.
For more info about "Putting first things first", including a checklist for a satisfying life journey, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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