Our priorities can often get out of balance. I was just offered the following priority hierarchy:

  1. Health
  2. Integrity (honesty, trust and respect)
  3. Purpose (mission in life – some way to make a difference while serving the greater good)
  4. Relationships

This requires us to have a purpose of course…

3 comments on “Priorities

  1. I would change it to:
    1. Purpose
    2. Integrity
    3. Relationships
    4. Health

    1-3 can be done when in poor health. Why bother with 2-4 if you’re not making a difference and all you’re doing is taking up space on the planet? 2& 3 go hand in hand, but 3 without 2 leaves one lonely in the end.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts and reasoning Niki. I really appreciate and respect your experiences. I had a few of the same thoughts; here are some of my reasons for having the hierarchy above:

    – Health had to be first. Without health, I can’t achieve my purpose, would be more inclined to sacrifice my integrity, and cannot enjoy relationships at the highest level.

    – Integrity in the sense of being true to myself needed to come before purpose or relationships. If it didn’t, I would be inclined to sacrifice my values to achieve my purpose or enjoy relationships. I’ve found that I need to put myself first in order to be of value to serve anyone or anything.

    – Purpose, the sense of doing something larger than myself, something that contributes to the greater good, is facilitated by relationships, but without a purpose I cannot build and maintain the relationships that I so treasure.

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