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The Main Thing

Steven Covey authored several books including The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One of my favourite quotes is:

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

What is your main thing? Really though…..what is it? What makes you come alive? What could you do all day and not get tired? What do you talk about and spend your time, energy, focus and money on? It’s not always simple to identify your main thing, or to keep it the main thing. There are many aspects of life to balance – relationships, career, home life and personal pursuits. It’s no surprise that the main thing can easily get lost among the often lengthy to-do, and impromptu must-do lists.

Covey has a point. Every one of us should have a main thing — the thing that fuels us, that motivates us, that keeps us engaged and interested in life. Without a main thing, there isn’t much point to any of this.

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says:

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It’s fascinating that he doesn’t say ‘get clear about what is important and then invest time, energy, focus and money on those things’ but rather recognizes how humans behave. It’s the other way around. The things that you treasure show you (and others) what your main thing really is. So in reality, it’s not that hard to identify your main thing or things. That tricky part comes when you recognize it needs to change from serving yourself less, to serving others more. The logic works the same way: spend time, energy, focus and money on the things that you want to value more – even if you don’t value them as much as you want to today. Think about your health, and your family’s health for a moment. For most of us, it’s a priority so we can steward relationships with family, friends and community.

Many of you have likely heard of the sudden and tragic death of our colleague and friend, Dr. Fred Mejilla. He has left a huge legacy. He impacted his family, community and many chiropractic students with his passion and compassion for those around him. Dr. Fred was focused on keeping his main thing the main thing, both personally and professionally. The character of his heart was obvious based on what he valued and treasured. What will they say when you’re gone? Are you making a daily difference in people’s lives today?

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