I like lists. Scratch that, I LOVE lists! When the world is spinning out of control and I’m feeling overwhelmed, a list makes everything better. Seriously, it’s better than Prozac.
I can’t think of a situation that can’t be improved with a list. I dare you – try to stump me!
Work piling up and you don’t know where to start? Make a list. Kids acting like orangutans? Make a list of goals and how to get there (even better when they are in on the discussion, something I like to facilitate with liberal amounts of ice cream). Worries keeping you up at all hours? Make a list of things to think about tomorrow.
If you are wondering what brought about this list making infomercial, it is this:
That’s my summer chore list… with not one single thing marked off. It’s a new low for me. Now I could give you plenty of valid excuses… ahem… REASONS why this is the case, but the truth is they don’t make me feel any less discouraged and depressed about it.
So, I’ve decided to resurrect an old habit. It’s something my sweetheart has enjoyed mocking me for over the years. I’m going to go back to that list and add things I’ve already done – then cross them off with great relish.
- Spend time with my kids – CHECK!
- Cuddle my new nephew and niece/god-daughter – CHECK!
- Figure out how to Skype my sister – CHECK!
- Go to Bard on the Beach – CHECK!
- Buy a cowboy hat the Calgary Stampede – CHECK!
- Sit on the beach with my feet in the sand and my nose in a book (and one eye on the kids) – CHECK!
It seems to me that there’s a whole lot about celebrating in the bible – whole chapters commanding festivals and holidays and dozens of poems with lists (YES, that’s right lists) of God’s blessings. Maybe I’ll add that to my list:
- Worshiping God by enjoying the life I’ve been given!
So here’s me – celebrating the life I live, instead of obsessing about everything still left to do.