I have a friend at work who is about the same age as my Mom. I love talking with her, especially since it is so different than chatting with my Mom, but I still get that wise woman factor. And from her, I've just gotten my new favorite mantra/advice/philosophy/bumper sticker. She told me a story about her friend who said "Your priority is whatever you are doing right now." This struck a chord with me, because it is so darn true! Every time I get frustrated, or I feel like eating more than I should, or I don't want to exercise, the reality of the moment is that there is strength and time and love for anything I want there to be. We all have the power to try something new, to take different actions to bring the results we need.
My friend usually pulls this out to chastise herself when she is bemoaning her stagnant love life, or gets frustrated by her job. Wishing I would lose weight never worked, because it wasn't my priority. Now that I treat my body better, I actually see results. No more wishing and hoping for change - if I'm not working on it, it must not be my priority. So, food for thought- what's your priority?