What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read that statement? What is YOUR #1 priority? How about family, children, spouse, work, God – did any of those pop into your mind? Often when we are asked to create a list of priorities in our lives, other people and other things are often ranked in the top 3 or 5. Let me ask you this – where do YOU fit on that list?

Chances are you’ve heard this before – the most important priority in YOUR life is YOU! Yet how many of us actually put ourselves first – before our children or our spouse, before our relationship with our spiritual beliefs? Last week I met with my ladies meet-up group and we had a few very personal conversations and many women shared how their lives are so full that it is hard to get control of their priorities. One of my friends mentioned a simple metaphor that clearly explains why YOU have to your #1 priority:

Think of yourself as a luxury car, that’s right, imagine your body, mind and spirit as the dream car you’ve always wanted.  Now, if you have taken the time to invest in such a beautiful vehicle, wouldn’t you continue to invest time and money into maintaining it? Would you use only premium fuel? Would you keep it spotless, both inside and out? Would you take it in for regular maintenance? How about storing it under a blanket in the winter so that it stays in good condition when the roads aren’t safe?

Ironically, I’m sure there are some of us who take better care of our vehicles or some of our things than we do our bodies and our minds. Think about it – are you spending the time and money to properly maintain yourself? It’s one of the ironies in life – the things that we are given for free are often the things we take for granted. Ask yourself this – do you take your car in for regular oil changes and maintenance? Wouldn’t it be great if our bodies came with a manual of suggested care, just like our cars do?

Here’s what my manual would say:

  • Feed only premium fuel – whole grains, fruits & veggies, healthy protein and fibre
  • Daily meditation and reflection
  • Regular physical exercise, 4-6 times per week
  • Every 3 months, time for a day at the spa to refuel and rejuvenate
  • During the winter months, take extra care and stay warm. Enjoy hot chocolate and evenings by the fireplace with spouse (and family)
  • Semi-Annual maintenance – family trip or weekend away
  • Yearly maintenance – a weekend away from the family, with the girls

This is just a start .. I’m sure we could all create our own manual for our regularly scheduled maintenance! Now the key is getting our spouse or partner to buy into it as well.  By the way, although my list may be more skewed toward women – men also need to take the time to take care of their luxury automobile. Or else one day you might wake up and wonder where on earth did that spare tire come from?

The question of the day is, what do you do to maintain your luxury vehicle? Do you do something daily, weekly, annually? Share with us in the comments – we may steal some of your ideas! And as a good friend of mine always says – take the time to do something for YOU today!

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