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    The Compass vs. The Clock, Put First Things First
    Jan 23, 2014  -  by Chris Banescu

    Compass vs. The Clock, Put First Things First

    The realization that something is not right with our lives can manifest itself in various ways. A feeling of emptiness, a bothersome disquiet, or a strange pain, like a deep sadness or a heartache, gradually or suddenly begins to trouble our souls. We feel guilty, anxious, unsatisfied, stressed, or sad even in moments when we ought to be at peace and carefree; when we should be relaxing or enjoying ourselves. For some this pain is only a vague discomfort. For others, including yours truly, the pain can often be intense and unrelenting; sometimes lasting for long stretches of time.

    I discovered the reason for this mysterious affliction in the book First Things First, written by Stephen Covey, Roger Merrill, and Rebecca Merrill. They describes this particular grief as the "pain of the gap," the gap we sense between the compass and the clock in our lives. Every time we don't put first things first, when we fail to follow our calling and vocation and focus on the most important things in life, our conscience warns us that something's not right and corrective measures and proactive actions are required.

    The book employs the metaphor of the compass to describe what is most important and valued in our individual lives. The compass represents our specific calling, values, vision, most cherished relationships, principles, and mission in life. It embodies the core reason and meaning of our existence.

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