Few months ago, there was a long discussion on Quack! about our priorities and the difference these priorities can make in our lives. Amazingly, the topic continues perplexing my mind even after the whole discussion. After fighting a lot with my thoughts, I have finally got a reasonable and satisfying answer to this ever-confusing question.
When we talk about priorities, a few quick questions arise in our minds. What are priorities?-Who set our priorities?-How our priorities are set?-For whom we set our priorities? Priorities are those things, for which we gives preference to other things. When I talk about preferences, it simply means â€˜importanceâ€™. Now, normally it seems that we ourselves set our priorities but in some cases, the matter is totally different. An educated, adult and a sensible person might set his/her priorities but a child, an illiterate and a poor person is not in a position to decide about his/her preferences. Therefore, itâ€™s not just us, itâ€™s the society, media, culture, moral values and other influencing things responsible for the settling up of our priorities. We set our priorities for whom?-For ourselves?-For our friends?-For God?-The thing is it â€˜dependsâ€™. The way we think, the way we are brought upon, the way life treats us, make us able to decide for whom we should set our priorities.
Devotion and commitment are the two words directly related to our priorities. When we give priority to something, we give importance to that thing which means we are committed and devoted to that thing. For example- I can be an excellent student-I can be a devoted religious missionary-I could have been a suicide bomber or an accurate air force pilot. It all depends on us and our priorities-we are best at our work, when we give priority to a specific task and we are lost when we loses the importance of that task.
The question, however remains the same-Which is the best priority?-To me, our priorities varies with different Age groups. A child cannot set his/her priority because he/she is not mature enough to set it. A teenager may give priority to music over his/her studies. An adult will obviously give priority to his/her family and an old personâ€™s priority will be religion or social work. Despite of that, there is one priority which we should set irrespective of our age groups and that is â€˜religionâ€™. No matter from which culture we belong, which way we think, to whom we give more importance, our first and foremost priority must be religion as it is the order and teachings of the Holy Quran.
So, my theme of article is that priorities are everything. They clearly reflect us and our personalities. We should set our priorities keeping in mind our religion, culture, moral values and should not run wildly towards everything which attracts us because all that glitters is not gold.