good life – by wayne allgaier
Part of cultivating a good life is being organized and having priorities.
I’m a list guy. One summer evening 23 years ago, when I was at the height of involvement in my profession, community, and church, with a wife and 6 children, I decided I needed to write down a list of priorities in my life to help keep me focused on what was important to me. I think it was my attempt to avoid waking up some day feeling deep regret over having neglected the more important things in life. Here’s the list I came up with, in order of importance (keeping long-term consequences in mind):
- Relationship with God
- Relationship with my family
- Relationships with others
- Being organized (time, space, stuff) including taking some time for myself
- Professional excellence
- Physical fitness
- Financial security
I have re-evaluated this list many times, but I have never felt the need to change it. I recognize that everyone will have their own individualized list, but for me, this was the guideline that I needed. Although the realities of life have often shifted my focus to the lower priorities, having this written list has helped me keep my ladder leaning on the right wall as I have sought true satisfaction from the way I spend my precious and limited time on this earth.
– Wayne Allgaier
Note from Becky
Wayne is my dad. So yeah, I know him pretty well. And that picture that he chose to feature? That’s my parents’ posterity (their 6 kids and 21 grandchildren at the time) at a family reunion in the summer of 2007. My parents are in the top center of the photo.
I am indebted to both my mother & father for raising me and helping me to build a solid and beautiful foundation in the way I live my life today. I consider that/them among my very greatest blessings. I have huge respect for my dad who continues to be a life-long learner, extremely hard worker, and diligent in doing his best to love and serve through good times – and more difficult times. I am honored to share a piece of my dad’s heart with my readers on this – the first guest post of my new weekly series called Good Life. I hope you’ll check in each Sunday as we hear from someone different each week. Coming up – you’ll hear from some of my personal friends and professional colleagues.