Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for Lists

I’m a great one for making lists. They help me stay organized. Without them, I tend to forget where I have to go and what I have to do. I mean, I can run into the grocery store for three things—three!—and forget two of the minute the door closes behind me. Zip…zero…zilch. And I can run upstairs for something that I absolutely, positively need right this very minute, and forget what it is the moment my foot hits the top step. Nicht…nada…nil. What would I do without a list?

I have a list of errands to run, of people to call, of chores to complete, of things to buy…that never seems to end. Even if I get to the end of the day and everything has been checked off, the next day a new list appears. While this can be helpful, it can get tiresome. There is always so much to do. There are so many places to go, and so many people to see.

So, today I decided to try something new. Today I started a list of things to be grateful for. Of things that make me happy. Of places I’d like to visit and foods I want to try. Of people I need to thank.
Of people I need to forgive. I feel better already knowing I won’t forget the things that are most important in life. I mean it’s one thing when you forget to pick up the milk; it’s another if you forget to breathe.

What’s on your list for today?

“What in your life is calling you,
When all the noise is silenced,
The meetings adjourned...
The lists laid aside,
And the Wild Iris blooms
By itself
In the dark forest...
What still pulls on your soul?”
--Mevlana Rumi—


  1. That's a great idea. People tend to forget all the good things when times are rough. A concrete list would be a great help in those times. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. I completely agree with you! Lists are exceedingly important. At the very least, I have to construct a "mental" list, particularly with trips to the grocery story or even in my writing. Generally, I don't construct physical lists, but with the advancements in fancy tech gadgets, people can plug them into their phone or iPad.

    From shear persistence, I have become proficient at committing to memory, whatever I would need a list for.

    Great "L" post and nice blog!

  3. I have loved reading your blog entries. YOu have piceked my favorite go away areas for writing and people watching. I like the mts for the serene look from your balcany. I like the beach for everything including the ongoing symphony of the waves. But my very best place is my home office. I have big picture windows. COmputer right near them so I can look out on my back yard with its butterfly garden and active bird feeder. That and my 2 cats cuddling up to me make my life perfect as a writer. Oh, and the write music!

  4. Jeanne--I think you'll lke my "W" post!

    Thanks to all of you for your kind words.