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Setting Priorities – Backwards…



From the Editor


I start my day with a bang – racing out of the blocks with a full list of things that “must” get done.  I have to remind myself that I am the one who sets my own priorities and I am the one who decides what is urgent and what is not.  Quite often I find myself at the end of the day bewildered at the fact that the most important things didn’t get done.  Don’t get me wrong, a lot gets done, but I’ve got my priorities backward.

tomaca-musicI’m starting on a new journey to get deeper into music.  I need to understand the language of it, the flow of it, the taste of it and truly allow myself to BE it. I am a singer and I need to set aside more time for practicing.  I go to work – make sure I arrive early so I can get out for my 1-mile power walk and then I blaze through my tasks list throughout the day – knowing that there is never enough time in the day. But, I get quite a few things done. However, music is always at the bottom of the list because I think I’ll save that for when I get home from work.  But then, when I get home – there’s dinner, some light cleaning and conversation with my roommate. Around 7:00 pm, I’ll look wearily at my keyboard, think about my music theory lessons I need to get to and think dreamingly about my lovely yard and how I’d like to just sit and relax for a time in the evening before embarking on anything else. Then, I’ll really open my eyes and look at the house and recognize how much cleaning I would really like to get done.  I wish I had someone to clean my house – the other woman. I would welcome her and ooh and ahh about the amazing cleaning she could do for me. Nothing like dreaming….

sakar-piano Time to get to the music studies before I crash in the next couple of hours and start the day, the list and the lessons all over again.  However, tomorrow, I will put music on the top of the list.  I’ll shave and save that first hour for piano playing – then get to work, do my power walk and run down the list.  At least then I will start to accomplish more things musically.  I’ll reset my priorities from front to back, not from back to front!