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Prioritizing What Matters

August 15, 20233 min read

Dear Reader,

In the midst of life's hustle and bustle, I find solace in the art of prioritization — a conscious choice to embrace what truly matters, where each decision, each commitment, is a reflection of the values that guide my path.

Every morning, I step into the gym — inspired by Teddy Roosevelt's words echoing in my mind — wear out, don't rust out.

The (almost always) empty room becomes my companion, reminding me that vitality is not a gift; it's a pursuit, an intentional act of pushing boundaries.

And then there's the evening ritual — walking.

It's a slow, deliberate dance (down the same path every night) to observe the world around me, a chance to let my thoughts wander and unfurl.

Each step is an ode to the simple pleasure of moving, and a silent reminder that the journey is as significant as the destination.

Reading is my ally in taming the monkey mind, a concept the monks have been familiar with for ages. Wisdom seeps through the pages, shaping my perspective and training my thoughts to find clarity amidst the chaos.

Yet, amid the physical exertion and mental training, lies the foundation — proper nutrition.

I'm acutely aware that the fuel I provide my body determines the quality of the journey. Just as I've learned from the lessons of those who walked the path before me, I recognize that my body's longevity hinges on the care I give it today.

Reflection is another cornerstone, the quiet pause in the symphony of life.

Each day's end invites me to ponder my steps — where I've come from, where I stand, and where I intend to go. It's a practice that intertwines seamlessly with my love for reading, merging contemplation with knowledge.

But let's not forget, dear reader, that every choice carries a cost. Prioritization requires sacrifice.

Early mornings and early nights are quite familiar, a trade-off I willingly embrace. I've long bid adieu to my vices, making room for pursuits that nurture my soul.

Yet, this journey is not without its questions and judgments.

The echoes of "you used to be fun" remind me of the evolution I've undergone. I've left behind a version of myself that no longer resonates, and in its place stands the person I am today — an unapologetically, authentic me.

Life's brevity is a constant reminder that each moment is too precious to squander.

I've chosen to only surround myself with people who uplift, experiences that enrich, and pursuits that ignite passion. These choices, more than anything, have become my protection against stress and regret.

In the quiet musings of this introspection, I uncover the power of deliberate living. The act of crafting my days, curating my moments, and cherishing each heartbeat as a testament to my values and aspirations.

As I step forward, each decision guided by purpose, I embrace the uncertainties with a heart brimming with courage.

With an unwavering gaze on what truly matters and priorities securely in place...

Deo volente.

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Ben McGary

Investor | Entrepreneur | Integrator | Writer

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