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A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
-- George Santayana


Thursday, July 12, 2007

The important things

When you only take care of the urgent matters, many new urgent matters will appear to take their place. When you take care of the important matters, then you’re making real progress.

Many of life’s most important concerns do not jump up and demand your attention, at least not right now. It can be easy to ignore them in favor of more urgent matters.

Yet most of the urgent concerns turn out, in the long run, to be fairly trivial. If you focus only on what demands your immediate attention, there will surely come a time when you regret it.

The quality of your life depends upon where you put your priorities. The most important and meaningful aspects of your life deserve your consideration and support on a daily basis.

The more attention you give to the important things, the less you’ll feel the need to be controlled by the urgent, but relatively meaningless, matters. The more you focus on what’s truly important, the more firmly you’ll be in control of your life.

When investing your precious time and energy in something, take into consideration how important it really is. Find time to work on the important things, and the rewards will still be with you long after the work is done.

— Ralph Marston

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