When we read, we constantly evaluate which details matter most to the meaning of the text so we know what to pay attention to while reading.
The same applies to living: We need to know what matters most so we know what to pay attention to while living.
When people fly hot air balloons, they must routinely jettison unnecessary objects which no longer serve their original purpose if they are to continue to rise into the sky and reach their destination.
We must do the same in our lives: jettison the obligations that are not serving us, that are weighing us down, preventing us from soaring.
To do this, to determine what is most important, look over the edge of your life as one might gaze over the edge of the basket of their soaring balloon, and find that horizon you seek. Name it. Know it. Claim it.
Then chart your course, keeping close those people, books, thinkers, and organizations that will help you reach that horizon. Those that would hinder?
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