what’s on your “to do” list?

15 what's the different

“We like lists because we don’t want to die.”*

Another list announces “I’m still here.”

There are day-to-day lists – the paying of bills, the work deadlines, people to get in touch with.

Then there are the lists of the things I want to do in the year: get cycling, read at least forty books, improve my doodling, get to the Academie Gallery in Florence … .

But there’s also the list of different and unexpected things – where we each identify and live our extraordinary dreams, explorers of life beyond the “good enough.”

‘The more prepared you are, the more spontaneous you can be.’**

Identifying the must do before I die thing on the third kind of list, we get to make the rules, figuring out how to do the deep practice.

This list is more hidden, though.  It often needs more time and effort to bring it to the surface.  We’ll often judge it prematurely so we don’t give it a chance of breathing.  But if, for a little while, we can suspend judgement – our ways of seeing and understanding – and allow ourselves to feel this hope or dream, we may just have given ourselves the chance of producing the “art” we most want to bring to life.

(*Umberto Eco, quoted in Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)
(**From Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)


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