The most important thing in your life

If I just grabbed you on the street and said what’s the most important thing in your life? You would say something like – your family, or your church group, or maybe your career, maybe your kid or your pet. And the thing is – in some part of your heart that’s absolutely true…

…Is the thing that you claim that’s important, really important?…

…because if a lot of people actually looked at where their time and attention went – the parts that they do have control over – it would look like the most important thing in their life was Facebook…

…Before you try and fix everybody, it really does help to fix yourself.

Merlin Mann

This quote from Merlin Mann is something that I found over a year ago, but continue to think about fairly regularly. It’s important to realize where your time and attention is being spent because when all those moments are summed up – that’s your life. And your time is important but your attention is even more important.

I also think about his first question – what’s the most important thing in your life? Of course all of the things he mentions are – family, career, kids, etc. Sometimes we just have to remember to act like it.