…we should prioritize everything on the basis of who will cry at our funeral.

From Patrick Morley’s Second Wind for the Second Half:

No man can do everything he wishes.  Choices must be made…For our personal decision making we should conduct a little civilian triage:

  • Who can’t live without you, or you without them?
  • Who would be nice to help if you don’t have to neglect the first group?
  • Who are those who will be fine with or without you?

Why is it what we often give the most of our time to those who care about us the least, and the least of our time to those who care about us the most?  That’s why we should decide in advance what our priorities ought to be.  That’s why we should prioritize everything on the basis of who will cry at our funeral. (p. 159, emphasis mine)

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