OK, there are some things that are meant to be a priority - like spending time with God. This should always be the first thing on my list. I try to be consistent with this one but, I'll admit, sometimes I fall short. In fact, sometimes, spending time with God falls way down the list and once in a while, I don't get to it at all. OK, "don't get to it" isn't the right term. More like, "choose not to." Sometimes I can't even believe they let me in church.
Another thing that should be at the top of the list (right below God) is my family. Unfortunately, I'm not always successful at this one either. I think of how many times I've put off my daughter when she's asked to play or how often I put my work before spending time with my son. It makes me sad to think about the moments I've missed out on because I didn't make my family the priority it should be.
When it comes to writing, I have a dilema. My passion is fiction and there is nothing I want more than to be a published novelist. But then there is that little thing called money. I don't get paid for working on my novel (at least, not yet). I DO get paid for working on other things - like non-fiction. Like message board moderating. Like greeting card writing.
So...although I want desperately to prioritize my fiction above my other writing, I can't. At least, not if I want my daughter to still play the drums, both of my kids to play sports, get hot lunch and wear cool clothes. And not if I want to continue being able to go to the movies or out to lunch with a friend any time I want.
And there we have it: I guess my priority is "stuff" over "desire to be published."
I know there will come a day when I'll be able to devote more time to my fiction. And maybe I just need to better manage my time (Hey, I don't call myself the Distraction Diva for nothing). But, for now, I'm lining up my priorities this way:
- Making money
It about kills me to see Novel at the bottom of that list. I just have to face the fact that becoming a published novelist may take me a little longer than I'd like. My patience is not very happy about that.
I do believe that if I keep God at the top of my priority list, everything else will fall into place.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. " - Matthew 6:33 (NIV)