Human life is rife with things made to seem important that are really not. In many instances we are driven by life-styles, pressures from other people, culture, and even religion to set for ourselves the task of sorting out what is important and what is not. We are, often, not very good at this. We have an innate tendency to assign importance with erroneous abandon. Part of the fault may lie in the tools and resources we use in judging what is important; for, truly, our treasure is where our heart lies. What we judge important becomes influenced by what we like and dislike, what we pursue and avoid, what we accept or reject, what is comfortable or uncomfortable to us, and so on.
Obviously, however, if we judge nothing important there is nothing pursued, liked, accepted, or with which we are comfortable. The problem then becomes finding the truth of importance itself. I personally find this tough, but know it is essential to growing closer to You; for there is where importance abides.
To help us judge what is and isn’t important in our daily lives is contained in the gospel messages of religion and the guidelines of the church. That being said it is, perhaps the person in the cloister who has a distinct advantage in evaluating what is and isn’t important. Silence, solitude, and stillness create a clearer field for making evaluations. It would help those of us who are not cloistered to occasionally create this atmosphere for ourselves. It truly facilitates discerning what is and isn’t important.