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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Importance

by MeSHaRi

Have you ever had an experience that changes your perspective? I did last week and I wanted to share it with you.

I’ve been so busy lately with family and church obligations that I’ve only had sporadic time for writing. But I decided to make a plan to outline and start a new project I’ve been eager about. I was starting on Wednesday and I was so excited.

I got up early (which is a miracle for me) and I was all ready to go by the time my kids left for school, then I got a call asking if I could help a friend because her 4 year old was in the hospital ICU.

This simple thing changed everything for me. I love to write, but there are things more important than writing. If we push off those important things like time with family and helping friends we lose a great opportunity to grow.

Writing is important to me. But sometimes it takes perspective to pull back on blogging, writing, reading, social media and forwarding our careers to do the things that really matter. I want to do what is TRULY important—nothing else really matters.

-Angie

22 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

Hope your friends child is all right.

It's true though. We need to keep our priorities in the right place. Being a published author isn't worth loosing your family or eternal salvation over.

Nick Wilford said...

I hope everything turned out OK.

You're right, it's so easy to think writing is the most important thing in our lives, but then things happen to remind us it really isn't. We need to retain a sense of perspective to be a more rounded person, and therefore, a better writer.

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Cassie Mae said...

Amen ;)

Let me know if you need anything :D

Melissa Sarno said...

A beautiful reminder. You know what's important. I'm hoping your friend's daughter is okay.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

In all things, we must be good humans first. Prayers for your friend.

ilima said...

So true, and good for you for recognizing it.

My husband told me last week he had the impression to tell me I need to focus on what's most important, and added he thinks the answer to that will be surprising.

I had been working so hard with homeschool, the house, church, family, service, etc., I knew it was the Lord's way of telling me it's okay to focus on writing for a bit. That's what's most important right now.

Good luck, Angie.

Jackie said...

Oh dear! I hope the child is doing okay! What a wonderful friend you are for them.

Kathryn Purdie said...

I love this, Angie. I haven't been able to work on my own novel for over three weeks, which feels like months for me. But I've been doing other things that were more important for the time being. I'm hoping by next week I can write again, but most importantly, I hope I can keep putting first things first. Thanks for the reminder!

Emily R. King said...

It takes wisdom to continuously categorize priorities and sacrifice your time and talent to serve others instead of building up yourself.

Bravo, Ang. You'll be blessed. :)

Jessie Humphries said...

I totally agree. I don't actually remember the last time I wrote! Off to carpool for two mothers who work and need my help :)

Morgan said...

Too right.

Thanks for this, Angela. I think it's so easy to forget--until we're reminded...

Tamara said...

This is so true. It's hard sometimes, when we're all running around crazy, to keep priorities straight. A reminder is always appreciated.

I hope your friends' daughter is alright. So scary for them. They'll be in my thoughts...

Liesel K Hill said...

Great post! I heartily agree! You can't say it any better than that! :D

Livia said...

Yes, I want to do things that are way more important than my writing and blogging, too. But it's so HARD to avoid blogging and commenting on blogs for just one day, I don't want all of ya think I disappeared or something's wrong with me.

I agree family and friends comes first before anything. Writing can go on the backburner for a little awhile.

Great post, Angie!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I hope everything turned out all right for you friend and her family. She was lucky to have a friend like you she could call for help.

Tara Tyler said...

priorities.
i havent written a lot lately either. things that take priority keep coming up.
hope your friend recovers quickly. and you just moved there, how great you were there for her!

jaybird said...

As much as I love writing, (and I really, really do love it) I'd drop it in a heartbeat if a child (not just mine, ANY one) needed me. They are always my priority. I teach and volunteer at church and people are always asking me, oh, it must be hard having to hang out with teenagers all the time. But to me, nothing could be further from the truth. It's such a blessing I get to work with those kids!

And I truly hope everything is alright with your friend's child.

Jess Stork said...

Ouch. I hope everything turned out alright at the hospital.

Meredith said...

Wow, that would definitely change your perspective. I hope your friend's child is all right!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Well said. I have to remind myself of that sometimes when I'm really focused on a project.

Kelley Lynn said...

It's all about priorities. We must find out where writing fits in our lives and put things ahead and behind it accordingly. Good for you for putting it in its place! :)

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