Life is full of distractions, side roads, and dead ends; drama that may grab our attention but are not aligned with our purpose, our mission, or our values. Basically, they are time and energy wasters that draw us away from the things that matter most.

The inquiry of “what’s the agenda?” is another way of asking why am I here? Where else could my energy go? Why am I paying attention to this, is it worth the precious moments of my life I’m investing? Where else could I apply my personal power? Is it my highest leverage point? The best return on my mind space?

If you like the answer, GREAT! Even if it is just a relaxing, mindless activity that brings you peace of mind and restores your soul, GO for it! Even saints must sleep and priests must play… just make sure it is what is best for you. As my mom always said: homework first, followed by chores (mainly the dinner dishes!), then you can play.

Closing Quotes:

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have the same 24-hour days.” – Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, tenth of 12 children, youngest boy

“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

“The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one’s day and every night to examine the results obtained.” – Alexis Carrel, 1873-1944, Nobel Prize (medicine)

“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and dramatist

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier