with so many competing priorities
I’ve had to scale back my interests
family/friends first
daily contemplation a must
slow and detailed as time permits
or compacted to compromise
daily chores a dull necessity

then the rest can compete
for my time and energy
volunteering a drive or visit
movie or a Friday debate
seldom stay up very late
these are icing on the cake
only if time permits ….

see far too many burn themselves
out trying to fit it all in
no compromise as they pack
an impossible schedule in
no time to breath or just be
frantically racing about
I get so exhausted wondering

what it’s all about ….