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Friday, April 20, 2012

Possibilities and Challenges

Before spring came...
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. ~Thomas Merton
Being a list maker, I start the process even before I get out of bed. These days, that's item number one - get out of bed. But before shifting even one foot to the floor, I speak my gratitude for waking up and having the blessing of getting out of bed both on my own and at my preferred pace. I once worked for a doctor who responded to greetings of well-being as, "Up and taking nourishment." I, however, am healthy and well, even on my achiest of days.

Today's aches begged that I go for raw foods and juices, but when I got to the kitchen I required coffee before I could juice. Still thinking... The basic list, if I followed it, goes coffee, read, write, make list. I read before sleep and was still jazzed to work on that theme. Sitting at the desk with my coffee I opened a new document and began to type. I have learned to avoid opening a browser window as that is a sure distraction from even making the daily list.
Here are a few tips toward a useful and supportive list:
  • Use a narrow piece of paper.
  • Brainstorm. Include everything - even the things accomplished before writing the list.
  • Prioritize. What's important? What's urgent? What's fun?
  • Divide. Today's headings are Possibilities and Challenges.
  • Determine - places to go, things to do, people to contact.
  • Complete and cross off.
  • Toss. Either before bed, or when the next list is made. Eliminate clutter.
There. That's my blog posted, my list made, and I am ready to embrace the day with courage, faith and hope.
How do list work for you?


1 comment:

  1. Sometimes, I also include approximate time it will take to complete each task. I have a tendency to list more than is feasible. So, prioritizing + getting a feel for how much I can accomplish in one day= helpful. If I'll get up and do :D.


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