Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What is important?

What is important? Everyone will have a different answer to that. Everyone has different tastes and interests, one's trash is another's treasure, de gustibus non est disputandum, etc. But I think there are some rock-solid universal areas that are important for everyone. Let me know if you disagree.

1. Everyone has a physical body, and it’s important to take care of it. Without your health, you don’t have much. No one wants to live in an unhealthy, pain-filled body. Health is something we can all agree is important.

2. Everyone needs financial security. No one wants to be homeless, begging for spare change for food. In order to live in this modern world, we all need some form of income.

3. Most everyone would agree that the other people in our lives are important — our relationships with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, significant others, etc. Few of us want to live isolated from others. Most of us want to have a healthy, supportive social system around us.

More or less, these three areas everyone can use as a starting point for identifying what is important in life. Everyone is going to have additional areas, of course. But these three are the minimum areas to pay attention to if we want to have a happy, fulfilling life.

(I note that there are some people who truly don’t care about some of these three things — they truly don’t care about the state of their bodies, or their finances, or their relationships. People like that do exist, and to them I say, Godspeed. Best of luck. Hope that works out for you. I’m probably safe in assuming that they aren’t reading this blog, tho.)

I’ll give more details in blogs to come.


Dave Roel.
Be true to yourself, know who you are, then commit to a lifestyle that supports your inner balance and well-being.
- Annelie H. Pelaez


  1. I personally think financial security is the most important from the list!

  2. No question, career / finances is an important area. But if we allow our health to deteriorate, that will impact our ability to work. And if we're in emotional turmoil from bad or no relationships, that too will have an impact on our ability to work. I'd like to suggest that all three of these areas are equally important, in that neglecting one of them will inevitably impact the others. Balance is key.