To List Or Not To List

Seeing many things in my space that needed to be done (but were not getting done) motivated me to develop a plan. I’m known for lists such as “Birthdays This Month” and “Activities This Week.” Those kinds of lists work very well for keeping me on track. However, my new list, “Things To Do,” had a completely different purpose and a message. The message was, “Just get it done already!”

Twenty-five things comprised my new non-prioritized list. Each day started with choosing things from the list and setting a goal to accomplish these tasks sometime during that day.

The easiest item on my list was “Hang decorator plate over coffee pot.” More difficult and time-consuming things included finishing the grandkids scrapbooks, washing windows, and organizing the storage room.

Within two weeks everything on the list was crossed off. Now, along with many other perks, I appreciate sparkling displays in in the china cupboard and curio cabinet, the polished slats of the blinds, and being able to quickly locate items in the storage room.

I have decided that it is good to list - at least for me.

Maybe my next book will be a self-help guide with the title, List It (Don’t Skip It). I wonder how many pages will be needed to teach list making?

First – Quickest – Easiest
(It really is hanging straight. I had to hold my camera out over the bar to take the picture.)


Yard Art

I often wondered why neighborhood associations made strict rules about yard art . . . 

. . . until I no longer wondered.

Our community does not have yard art rules but we are not allowed to plant flowers. Go figure.



Below is the printed prayer our church has requested that we pray daily. The tile of the prayer is, “Exhale."

            We inhale Your love.
                        We Exhale our selfish desires. (Breath deep/exhale.)

            We inhale Your peace.
                        We Exhale our anxiety. (Breath deep/exhale.)

            We inhale Your love.
                        We Exhale our apathy. (Breath deep/exhale.)

            We inhale Your presence.
            We Exhale our fear of being known and the fear to know.
 (Breath deep/exhale.)
            We inhale Your life-sustaining Spirit.
                        We Exhale our dependence on all things other than you.
 (Breath deep/exhale.)

            For in exhaling, we are able to
                        boldly proclaim, Thy Kingdom Come.

I’m troubled and uncomfortable with praying this prayer and have questions related to some reading I’ve been doing. 

“It [yoga] teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life's difficult questions within their own consciousness …”
     ~ gotquestions.org

“If you think, “I breathe,” the “I” is extra. There is no you to say “I.” What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. It just moves; that is all. When your mind is pure and calm enough to follow this movement, there is nothing: no “I,” no world, no mind nor body; just a swinging door.”
     ~ Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

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