Who is in Charge of Your Life?

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” I recently read this in Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism. As I have been letting those words sink in the truth is coming forward as an inside out life rather than an outside in life. If you have ever felt like life is living you instead of you living life, spend some time with that sentence.

As a contemplative, this is the principle of a centered life. If I don’t choose my values, my priorities, my meaning, then I will be bombarded and at times overwhelmed with everyone else’s. Life will have the feeling of being adrift. Other’s opinions will affect me in personal ways because I don’t know where I am in it. This could be the place where crowd-think gets its start. 

To know one’s values, priorities etc. takes intention and work. For myself it takes creating the space for reevaluation and paying attention when my priorities or values are challenged. There are a lot of factors and practices involved in living a prioritized life.

As Christians prepare for the journey of Lent, isn’t that a piece of what is experienced? For 40 days one chooses a priority of following and focusing on Jesus so what is developed is a deeper relationship and lifestyle not based on what the world thinks. The popular practice is to take something away or to add some practice in order to emphasize the priority of God. Doing either is a challenge, yet makes for a concentrated or consecrated life.

The contemplative practice of priorities is a life lived from the inside out. A practice of living life from a place of priorities does then create a consecrated life (one dedicated to a sacred purpose, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary). This leads to questioning, discerning and choosing from a Divine space what the next step will be.

If this intrigues you, I will be suggesting some practices to try over the next few blog posts. I’d love to hear what you notice!

In the meantime, ask yourself whose priorities you are living by? How do you know?

If you want to talk about this, stop by for the Tuesday lunches or connect with one of our practitioners.

It’s an important discussion in a World that wants to set your priorities for you.

-Amanda Petersen