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Ask yourself; is there a better way to live? TRIORITIES challenges you to make the effort to mentally step out of the game for a moment, and to consider your life; where it has brought you, your priorities, and where it will probably take you if you stay the course. TRIORITIES will help you to consider if there might be a better way to live.

TRIORITIES is about a life of focus, a life of balance, and a life that you endeavor to live well and enjoy along the way. Are you running from one task to the next but not enjoying any of it? Are you climbing ladders only to find the view from the top less than appealing? Then I challenge you to take a break from the treadmill of life to look at your life, your choices, your track record, and ultimately your future. Ask yourself; am I who I want to be? Am I all that God intended for me to be? Have I tried to be too many things, and failed to master any of them? If that simple evaluation brings you to a point of realization that maybe there might be a better way to do things then just maybe this is a plan for you to consider.

TRIORITIES involves simple logic that challenges you to take a three step process to evaluate life, develop a plan to become what you want to become, and then, implement that plan in your life. Consider the value of simplicity in setting priorities in a complex world. Consider simplicity from a standpoint of being focused on three areas of life that we truly need to properly invest ourselves in, and mange accordingly. The three priorities of the TRIORITIES lifestyle are God, Family and Work.

I’m certainly a fan of having goals. Let’s face it, for most guys there is a deeply seated animal instinct that tells us to go out and kill something, and drag it back to the cave to eat. We like to conquer, to climb mountains, and traverse the seas. Well, I guess I should say that we like to do these things as long as we are victorious, when we’re young and dumb, and when we’re oblivious to the obstacles and risks that face us along the journeys in life. Sad but true, knowledge tends to hold us back as we mature and grow. Knowledge of the pitfalls involved, and understanding of the commitment required, the thought of sacrifice, and most importantly, the knowledge of our track record. How many times have we already started out on such an ambitious journey, got tired, got lost, failed, became dazed and confused for one reason or another, and then came back home, empty handed? The more we mature, the more we tend to write off the goals we once had because we have been there and done that, and it did not work out for one reason or another. So we quit before we start. What brilliance! We mature in a way that we know not to try, because we have a low percentage chance of success – based not only on our understanding of external circumstances, but also, in a large part on our own track record in life. So we sit and dream of a better life, but then we wake up and go back to what we were doing, because it is comfortable, and we know how to navigate through the life we already have.

So considering this mature understanding of life, what does that say for guys like Einstein, Columbus, the Wright brothers, or many others that stepped out there to follow their dreams? Are they just plain dumb? Didn’t they know that their chances for success were limited? Didn’t they consider how many times they tried and failed? Didn’t they take into account that nobody else is doing it this way? Why didn’t they just accept what they had, and learn to live with it? Why did they persists in their silly dreams; high tech electronics…finding a new land on a world that was of all things round, flying above the earth? What foolish dreams, what a waste of time the world around them probably said. No doubt these guys felt the pressure. Not only did they boldly lay their dreams out there for their peers to see, but they also failed publicly in their quests. Yes, some of the greatest achievers in history had the greatest records of failure as well. Let’s face it; that is what accomplishment is all about. It’s about missing enough times first that you eventually learn what not to do, and subsequently what to do. Maturity should not be a curse that de-motivates us, and so makes us afraid to try. It should be an education process that prepares us for greater things by showing us what works, and just as important, what doesn’t.

So take a look at your history, at your maturing process. What’s your track record? Have you failed repeatedly? Have you even tried to do great things? Do you try to accomplish anything in life, do you have convictions and passions, or do you just go through the motions each day? And eventually, every day looks just like the last. Have you come to the point that your life resembles that of the family dog? Does your day basically follow the agenda below?

•Wake up.
•Wash myself.
•Go to the place I go in the morning.
•Eat again.
•Go to the place I go in the afternoon.
•Eat again.
•Go to the place I go in the evening.

I have found that we make life a little too complicated. We create treadmills to walk on, and then as we walk and run on and on and on, somewhere along the way, we forget why we even started walking. My pourpose in writing this book was to share a better way of life with my readers. My goal is for people to consider living a life that focuses on three basic areas of existence that bring about a meaningful and significant life, and to do so in a balanced fashion that does not get too overloaded in any one area, so as to starve the others, but strives for and maintains a balance. Let's face it, even too much of a good thing is still too much. My three priorities in life are God, Family and my Work; and most everything that I do can fit into one or more of those categories in one way or another. It is these areas that I choose to strive to be productive in, and that I try to spread myself evenly into. In writing about how I feel a balanced life can be a meaningful and significant life, I do not write from a theoretical point of view, but from an experienced point of view. I write from the experiences of my life. I have been happily married for nearly 29 years, I have two wonderful children, 25 and 27 (that come complete with a great accompaniment of son and daughter in laws and three wonderful grand children), I have been blessed with a great relationship with God and feel His presence daily in my life and have since I accepted Him as Lord and Savior of my life nearly 25 years ago, I have a great job and am surrounded by people that have become a significant part of my life. I have even embraced some very significant hobbies with purpose in my life, and quite frankly, I just enjoy the life that I have been blessed with and in my own way, I live it to the fullest and wish the same joy for everyone. I feel in many ways, I am just the guy next door. I live in a small suburb of a averaged sized city in Southern Indiana. And though our sleepy little community offers up little drama to have to deal with, I have travelled quite a bit in this country and know well enough the difference between simple and simply frightening. I have chosen to build a special life, and I have worked hard to keep it that way. And, as much as I love the blessings that I have received in life, I also love to share the path with anyone who would listen with a hope that they would see fit to walk down the same path and find joy in doing so. I guess I want everyone to be as happy as I am. What it all boils down to for me is trying to find the best way to face all things in life, and one of those things is where we will spend our eternity. They say you can't take it with you when you go, but "they" do not understand that you can take something with you in the long run, and that is the people whose lives you touch along the way who in turn choose to live a life with God here on this earth. And in the end, that is all that will truly matter.

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