Is that the question?
At the end of the day, on an almost daily basis, I tend to reflect on the day and begin to make a list of things I need to get done, would like to finish, or must soon start. In the morning I begin at the top and get as far as I can, ignoring everything except calls from friends, previous appointments and the occasional nap. It seems I never quite finish all I wanted to get don, so I add them to the top of the next day’s list. Those that require traveling I save to do all in one afternoon. With gas so high, it seems the right thing to do both ecologically and pocket-wise. Again, with traffic, long lines and unavailable sales persons, I never quite get it all done before the rush hour, and as I hate traffic jams, must put off till next week what I couldn’t get done today.
So I prioritize, concentrating on what needs doing instead of what I want to do. When one or two are done, I allow for one that I want to do. Usually, those are the most fun, and take more time. And it goes like that…need vs. want, with room for both. Given my marked propensity for procrastination and sloth, the list never ends. But…it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. And it beats sitting around with an anatomical digit inserted in an anatomical orifice of my choice.
I once saw George Lucas giving an interview on tv, saying that one of the major milestones in his wonderfully creative life was realizing that he didn’t have time to do all that he wanted to do in life. Imagine his to- do list. I take a certain amount of solace in adopting his perspective, and thusly am experiencing less frustration.
Recently, while perusing posts sent to me on Facebook, I found the ultimate to-do list, and am making progress adding as many as possible into my daily life. In the interest of whirled peas, I offer them to you.
1) Sing – Yes, I can do that; it feels good, improves my breathing, and elevates my spirit.
2) Smile at stranger – Yes, that too. I try to be selective about it as some folks just aren’t in the mood and may take it the wrong way.
3) Keep learning – I still know very little about mechanics, flora and fauna, and must learn more about music and the Swedish language.
4) Notice kindness – Whenever I see it or experience it, I feel obligated to pass it along…whirled peas again.
5) Eat ice cream – Okay…not every day, but always with chocolate.
6) Hope – If you read the headlines or get your news from radio or tv, it has the effect of diminishing hope, so I’ve quit doing these things. Oddly, I’m more hopeful of late.
7) Count your blessing – One, two, three, four, five…I could go on, and usually do just before bedtime. Makes for better dreams and deeper sleep.
8) Laugh – It’s good for your body and soul, and begins with a smile. I consider a sense of humor to be the most important one, after the other five of course. And it’s just plain fun.
9) Love- Sometimes it’s harder to do, so I try to dig a little bit deeper and find a little bit more.
10) Love some more – See number 9, number 9, number 9, number 9
Among other things, the Human Potential Center is about Playfulness, Creativity and Love.
Need I say more.
Don’t worry, I will.