At any given time I’m readying one to three books. My favorite books are the ones that challenge the way I think and see the world. I also enjoy those that help me become more productive.
One of the books that I am reading right now is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. The basic premise of this book is that our lives would be more meaningful and productive if we focused on the Vital Few instead of the Trivial Many. It’s about priorities, focus, and saying No to a lot of things, and thus saying Yes to what matters.
Yesterday while I was reading, a quote from chapter one hit home. It says:
“Years from now (hopefully many), when you are at the end of your life, you may still have regrets. But seeking the way of the Essentialist is unlikely to be one of them. What would you trade then to be back here now for one chance — this chance — to be true to yourself? On that day, what will you hope you decided to do on this one?”
As I seek to order my days wisely as a stay-at-home mom, wife, blogger, and essential oil educator, I always want to keep my priorities straight. My number one priority is my relationship with God. Second is my relationship with my husband. Third is my relationship with our son. Everything else follows after those three. Sometimes I get this mixed up in my enthusiasm for accomplishing other things. But as I read this book Essentialism, I’m seeking to focus my attention more on what truly matters, to be fully present in the moment, and to live a life of fewer regrets.