A good homily story I heard a number of years ago had as its punch-line “remember that the most important thing, is to always keep the most important thing, as the most important thing.”
It’s a great line, even without the preceding story. For me it has become a regular touchstone, a method for taking a moment in the midst of overwhelming busyness, stress or anxiety, to judge if the things I am busy, stressed or anxious about are really worth all that busyness, stress and anxiety.
As we begin a new week we might use this as a test criteria to return to often during a day, especially when the day has more than its share of anxiety:
Am I seeking to love the Lord my God
with all my heart
with all my soul
and with all my mind?
Am I seeking to love my neighbour
as I myself need and want to be loved?
Try it. I guarantee you will notice a change in your life that delights you.