Things That Matter

Louis L’Amour said, “The only thing that never changes is that everything changes”. Who has not had their life turned upside down recently? Have we changed our minds about what is most important? Probably not. The following would have been listed by the majority of people as high priorities a year ago and most would still prioritize the same today. The difference is our focus on what we hold dear.

  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Health
  4. Friends
  5. Community

At the heart of our current paradigm shift are the things that have recently failed to hold our attention the way they did just a few months ago. Some examples:

  1. What outfit to wear for Easter Sunday.
  2. Preparing our children/grandchildren for mandated assessments at school.
  3. The construction of a wall at the border of the U.S. and Mexico
  4. The political affiliation of friends and neighbors
  5. Professional Sports
  6. The direction of the toilet paper, over or under. Now we are just glad we have a few rolls.

As I went about my quiet little life this week a song title kept popping up in my thoughts. The song is Things That Matter, Things that Don’t, by Rascal Flatts. I could only remember the refrain, then I looked it up I realized that it is especially appropriate during our current crisis. Listen to it on the You Tube link below.

I beg you to comply with social distancing. Only go out when it is truly essential. Next year there will be people that will laugh and say things like, “I still hung out with my friends and went to the store everyday and I never got sick at all.” Next year, in all likelihood we will all have friends, family or neighbors that didn’t survive the pandemic. Can we live with ourselves if we are left wondering if we were the one that passed covid-19 to someone that perished? The only way to know that we don’t is to comply with staying home.

Be well my friends and have a blessed Easter.

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