Look after those things that you care about in life.
It was only one week, illness, rain and a busy life, I neglected the garden. In that week the birds had eaten all the food, the bird bath was growing algae, and the lawn was like a jungle.
I took a few hours out of my time, and mowed the lawn; I cleaned the bird bath, filling it with clean water; the food station was again overflowing with bird food. Then it rained. Three inches of rain inside one hour; the ancient riverbed nearby that is a busy road became a river once more.
Next morning, the birds returned. Amber the fox was back too. Amber likes to sun herself on a cut lawn on a warm day. The birds like a cut lawn because they can see and catch food easily. Looking after the essential means looking after the needs of those areas of your life you care about such as the needs of the my local garden birds and Amber the fox, by doing so they will continue to share the space with you, but if you neglect their needs, they will suffer or abandon you.