The Most Important Thing

What is the most important thing to have with oneself all the time? For a single item, I could have just chosen the easy route and picked my purse. Of course, I could have elaborated on separate items such as my set of keys or my identification cards. My medical and insurance cards could be on my list, or perhaps some cash or credit cards. Then, there is always my phone. However, being of the creative persuasion I decided to go another route to elaborate on what is of key importance to carry.

What is of key importance?

The first item is definitely too large even for my purse. When out and about, this would be my head because thinking is crucial. My head can also serve as my alert system for what is going on in my vicinity. Optimally, I size up my surroundings, determining if every driving or walking situation looks and sounds safe enough to proceed. This also involves predicting potential issues with other vehicles or in navigating various kinds of terrain. Using one’s intuition is of value as well.

Secondly, I would choose my heart. Ideally, I like to lead with my heart. What do I love to do? What would I love to eat? Who would I love to help? If I can show love to others, the world becomes a better place.

My hands are listed as third. As a writer and an artist, I rely on them quite a lot. They also come in “handy” for such activities as picking produce, weeding the garden and petting the cats. Giving others a helping hand is always appreciated.

My health would be the fourth. If I keep my body in good working order with exercise and healthy foods, it works much better, not only for me, but for others.

The Rationale for My Most Important Thing

All four of these items are actually a complete package! In reality, I cannot rank these one above another. The only reason I listed them in this order is because when I was ages ten through eighteen, I was in 4-H. Here is the 4-H pledge we recited at each and every monthly meeting:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,
my hands to larger service,
and my health to better living
for my club, my community, and my world.

I think 4-H has a wonderful outlook on life. Ultimately, I think that if each person in the entire world chose their collective heads, hearts, hands and health as most important, the world could be a happier place! Oh, silly me, I guess I do take all these things with me everyday, no matter where I am!

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Published by Linda M. Wolfe

Midwestern mystic with varying amounts of mother, teacher, artist, seeker

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