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Let’s Get Our Priorities Straight

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 4, 2017

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “Let’s Get Our Priorities Straight” by Linda Martin Andersen




This week, I posted on Facebook that I intended to reduce my online presence.  I felt I was spending too much time there.  Shortly after that, I noticed a sticker on the front page of my day old newspaper.  A photo of the sticker is below.  This sticker is another  reminder of “getting our priorities straight.”  Saying that and doing that are two different things.

Sticker created by Army Community Services (ACS)


Create your own Writing Prompts or ideas for Family Discussions based on this subject:


  1. What does it mean to get your priorities straight?
  2. What makes this poster/sticker an example of getting your priorities straight?
  3. Who do you trust to help you get your priorities straight?  How can this person help?
  4. How do you go about getting and keeping your priorities straight?
  5.  Saying that you are going to get your priorities straight and actually so are two different things.  What does this statement mean?
  6. What priorities do you need to evaluate or re-evaluate in your life?  Who can help you with this?
  7. What are good ways to keep communication open in families or with friends?
  8. What are some ways to practice safe communication?
  9. Does your family have rules about texting, talking on the phone, etc?
  10. What do you imagine the child in this photo might be thinking or feeling?  Do you think she will tell anyone?  Why or why not?

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11 Responses to “Let’s Get Our Priorities Straight”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Choosing the goals to focus on in your life is a great subject to ponder. Thanks for giving us questions to think about in setting our priorities.

    May you be amazed with all that you accomplish with your focus.

    God is there with you every step of the way!


  2. Joan,
    Thanks very much for commenting. I appreciated your positive outlook on this topic with emphasis on goal setting and encouragement. I wish you much success with reaching your goals as well.

  3. Hubby and I don’t have rules but we try to be considerate of each other. I go through periods when I don’t use electronic devices on Sundays. That usually lasts for about 6 months until it breaks down. Then I start up again after awhile. I do feel there is something more restful about doing a crossword puzzle in a book as opposed to on my tablet. The same with reading a real book as opposed to kindle. Thanks, Linda for the reminder!

    • Thanks for commenting, Joyce. It is often hard to find the right balance. They key phrase I heard here was “to be considerate of each other.” This photo seems a bit extreme, but it happens.

  4. I agree with Joyce– I never read on a device. Give me a real book anytime. But I am concerned how much I’m on my phone….Good reminder!

  5. Kathleen said

    Linda, a great post! I remeber driving through my neighborhood about a year ago and seeing a woman picking up her child from the school bus and engaged in a conversation on the cell while the child was trying to tell about her day and hug her. I’m glad that I didn’t even have the option of doing that when my daughter was young. But there were other ways that I may not have been fully present with her at certain times. We have a no cell phone rule at the table and when we are having a conversation , or game night. But I must admit that sometimes my husband and I are guilty of looking at phone when we are supposed to be doing something together. I also love the feel of a book in my hands so agree with Joyce too! Thank you for making us think and a reminder that when we are in the presence of someone we need to be present with them as well 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,
      I liked that you shared your house and conversation rules concerning cell phone use. Like you, I have seen parents way too busy when dropping off their children or picking them up after school. I especially noticed it when on car duty at schools where I worked. None of us are perfect, but we can benefit from thinking of ways to do better, especially when it comes to making time for those we love. I hope your health continues to improve. And as always, thanks for commenting.

  6. Hi Linda,
    I needed to cut back on social media as it was running my life.
    I hope you have a blessed Easter.
    Hugs ❤

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