The season is the reason to get priorities in order

By: 
QUENTIN TOLBY, Retired Judge

In the courtroom, we see all kinds of people, and people with all kinds of problems. We see people who have nothing and people who are rich in worldly possessions. We see some people who believe happiness comes in a bottle or with drugs, or some people who believe things can bring happiness. Even some people that think driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit or squealing their tires can make them happy.
Families also come to court fighting over money and possessions. Often, a husband and wife come to the courtroom fighting over very trivial things.  Someday they will look back and realize that things do not make them happy.
Last week was Thanksgiving and I tried to get my priorities in order. If you were told you would die next week, what would be important to you? Would it be a new car or some expensive jewelry? Would it be getting even with someone you do not like? I do not think so. Take a moment and think what would be important to you. What are your priorities?
Ask yourself what is really important to me.  My priorities are first, my lovely wife, Shirley. We celebrated 63 years of marriage last month. For my daughter, Teresa, and her great husband, Pat, and for my son, Tracy, and his lovely wife, Julie. My priorities include my four grandkids: Travis and Megan, Audrey, and Brayden.
This year, Shirley and I had a special gift from God, our first great-grandchild. Megan gave us Harper Grace Hawthorne, born June 7, 2018. She is a beautiful baby, We are so thankful for her. My phone is full of Harper’s pictures and I show everyone who will let me tell them about her. She is so special and we are so proud.
On Nov. 22, I celebrated my 87th birthday and I am very thankful the Lord has blessed me with good health. I have been blessed to arrive at 87 years old and I still go to work each day. As a young man, I thought 60 was old.  Now that I am 87, I think 95 is old.  
I retired back around 2007 and Shirley said “she married me for better or worse, not for breakfast or lunch.” So, it made her very happy when I went back to work for Maricopa County. I am planning on retiring again Feb. 1 2019.

Lesson:   Things are not important, but relationships are.

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