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May 25, 2006

Are you getting what's important or not enough of second best?

I love this phrase from David Wilcox in Eye of the Hurricane from How Did You Find Me Here? Well I'm not sure if love it the right word, but it's a phrase that I've though about many times over the years:

When you lay your dream to rest
You can get what's second best
But it's hard to get enough

The question that raises itself every now and then is if I spend more of my time on what's most important, or if I'm in an endless struggle to get enough of second best. It's been more than 15 years ago that David wrote those words and I've been wondering about it ever since.

My guess is that when you really get down to the core of people there are only a few things that are really important enough to be first. The rest is stuff we can never get enough of, we spend a lot of time and energy trying to get, we'll never be completelly satisfied with, and as time passes we'll realize it just wasn't that important.

I'm not sure how good I am at prioritizing the most important things, but I figure it's a good sign to at least be asking the question. Right?

Posted by mike at May 25, 2006 9:24 AM