Priorities vs. Excuses
I watched a video on this topic this past week on my Meltdown Challenge that really made me think. How many times do I make excuses for any number of things when the answer isn’t really I don’t have time, I can’t afford it, I don’t have the will power. You get it. Instead I need to say it is just not a high priority for me at this time.
My daughter keeps asking why I am not playing my guitar anymore. For a long time I have been saying I just don’t have the time. But that is just not true. The truth it is no longer as much of a priority for me as it used to be. Today I would much rather knit, paint, read, etc.
Also so many times in my life I have said we just can’t afford it. But we do afford many other things – it is just the choices we make. Like we could afford to save more if we ate out less or cut out frivolous spending. It is all about choices.
How would that transform my life by focusing not on the negative glass half empty view of “I can’t do this, because.” In favor of saying, “I choose to do or not do this, because I choose to do something else”. This makes me responsible, it gives me the power. Like yesterday I chose to eat the banana cream pie my husband brought home. It wasn’t really his fault he brought something tempting home. I could make excuses for the fact it was there or I can own up to the fact that I made that choice. I could have chosen a banana instead. But I did not.
Saying we don’t have time to plan meals, exercise or anything really. Is just an excuse. We all have the same amount of time in the day. It is all a matter of how our priorities line up. I chose to use my time for something else which may have been more important to me. And that is OK. But realize it is a choice. It is freeing, empowering. My priorities may not be the same as other people and that is also OK.