I recently read the novel The Priority List by David Menasche. If you haven’t read the book, I highly encourage you to try it. It is written by a teacher with terminal brain cancer who, in his last few months of life, visits his past students all over the country. Through his travels, he is able to see the impact he has made on his students and marvels at their life accomplishments. As a teacher, he instructed each of his students to create their own “priority list,” detailing their values and ranking them in order of importance. Inevitably, this self reflection made a difference in the lives of all his students.
The novel inspired me to make my own priority list, and writing it exposed a lot to me. How funny that “being thin” or “losing weight” did not come even close to making the cut. Here’s my priority list. I encourage you to try making your own and revel in the truths it will reveal.
- Contentment with self. Self love
- My relationships with family and friends
- My health
- Acceptance of self and others
- Learning both academically and introspectively
- Safety and security
- Love. Loving myself so I can love others
- Rewarding career