Get Your Priorities Straight

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the politics and stress of work or the drama of extended family or friends. Then something happens that makes you realize what your priorities are.


Lucas taking a nap at the hotel before his surgery

Within six weeks, we lost a family member, my close friend lost someone dear, and Lucas, our silly beloved cocker spaniel, needed a critical surgery at the Small Animal Hospital at the University of PEI.

With all this going on, my priorities became pretty clear. It reminded me of a few years ago at my grandmother’s funeral when I turned to my sister and said, “The next time I get stressed about work, remind me it’s not worth it. It doesn’t matter.”

I’m not suggesting that you quit your job and live off the land (although if that’s your dream, go for it). What I am suggesting is that you find a quiet space and put whatever the work situation is in perspective. Ask yourself what matters most. When you calm down, you’ll find your clarity. You’ll know exactly what you need to do.

We all want to do well at our jobs. We all have dreams we want to make a reality. At the same time, when something awful happens, you can see your priorities quite clearly. Here’s what I’ve learned:

1  Fill yourself up. Be silly. Hug your dog. Laugh with your friends. Hold someone’s hand.

2  Be kind. It costs nothing and helps you both.

3  Save regularly for an emergency in case the dog or you or someone you love gets sick.

4  Stop buying stuff. Clean out your closet. Live more simply so you can enjoy your life.

What matters in your life? How are you going to give your true priorities more attention this week?


PS Lucas is doing well now 🙂




  1. Joan Burchill on November 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hello Catherine ~ We met in the 1990’s at a group in Saint John. Recently I came across your book “Be Who You Are With Love: a spiritual journey”, which you signed for me. I’ve just finished looking at your website and want to let you know how inspiring it is.
    Congratulations on all you’ve done to make the world a better place ! All the best ~ Joan Burchill

    • Catherine Doucette on November 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Joan, you’ve made my day. Thanks so much for your message 🙂

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