Priorities

Hello out there.  Long time no post, right?  Yeah I know it’s been a while, but it’s that time of year.  Time to think about God and time to think about family.  To be honest, I’ve thought about writing something, but nothing has come to my mind.  I’ve been distracted and I am not ashamed to say that I am ok with it, because that distraction was my wife and my kids.  I’ve spent the last few days watching Christmases past and making Christmas memories with them.  I am so very happy to be married to my beautiful Kiwi wife who has given me 4 wonderful kids (5 if you count our still-born son).

Priorities in life are important

To be honest, that is what this blog is all about.  You don’t see me jumping countries every few months.  In fact, you don’t see me jumping countries at all.  Yes, I started this blog while living in New Zealand, but my stay there was totally unrelated to this blog and my return back to the US was also unrelated.

I write this blog for those who have priorities in their life that are more important that language learning.  Yes you heard me correctly, Language learning is NOT my highest priority.  It’s not even 2nd or 3rd highest.  It’s possible learning a language is important to you, but probably not the most important thing in your life.  This is why we always fail!

Learning Spanish is the first time I have learned a language, but it is the first time I have learned on without having it be one of the highest priorities in my life.  I learned Thai in Thailand as a missionary for my church to teach people about my beliefs in THAI!  There was little else important to me everyday than to improve my Thai.

I have tried and failed at learning Spanish so many times in my married life.  The only reason it has stuck this time is because I have learned how to learn as a busy, married father, who works a full-time job.  I have learned how to learn when language learning is not my highest priority.

I guess my take away message would be, set real priorities in your life and don’t be surprised if learning another language is not the highest on the list.  And then live your life accordingly.  You will be much happier if you do.

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