I always did.
However, in my last post, I defined the soul as being comprised of the mind, will and emotions. I'd like to talk about emotions later (is that OK on a Men's website?), but for today let's explore the will.
A friend of mine and I have been having an interesting discussion about priorities. He asserts that we always DO what we think is most important. It's almost by default that this happens. You may argue, as I did, that you find this or that to be very important, but you just don't have the time or energy to get to it. My friend then stated that I don't really find those things to be more important than what I actually do instead of those things. I then tried to factor in things like motivation and plain laziness, but there's a lot of truth here - we (nearly) always do the things we place value on. If I find that I relax on the couch rather than exercise, do I really value exercise? I might think it's a good idea. But I don't really place a higher value on exercise than on rest and relaxation.
This topic ties in with a good post about Sacrifice on the Art of Manliness site found here The Law of Sacrifice. I could have put this under a future post about the physical based on my previous example, but this concept applies very broadly. Do I think family time is important? Do I place a high value on prayer or reading the Bible? How valuable is TV time for me? Do the areas in which I spend my time show my true values as opposed to my stated ones? And if there's a disconnect between my stated values and where I spend my time, how do I adjust?