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Okay, I admit it. I have always been the kind of person who’s wanted to dive deeply into the big issues of the day: the virus, riots, governance, statues. You name it, I’m probably obsessed with it. Part of that attitude may be slightly disturbed, but I swear that some of it comes from curiosity and a love of learning. (At least that’s my defense.)
But it’s easy to become overwhelmed by current events. You may make the decision to simply check out. To refuse to discuss it. To avoid getting any kind of updates. And that’s fine.
But I simply can’t do that.
So, I had to come up with a solution that would give me a mental and emotional break from the craziness that’s going on, while staying engaged.
I made a list.
I wrote down people, situations, activities, and ideas that are the substance of my life. It’s a bit like being in the world, but not of it. I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying and helpful it was to recognize, through the physical activity of writing, pen to paper, that life, my life, is much more than all those things “out there.” Here’s part of my list:
- In spite of a personal health scare, I have great health.
- I can look into my back ard and see the most gorgeous dark pink crepe myrtles blooming.
- My husband and I are about to celebrate our 46th—count ’em—anniversary, and we may even go out to a nice restaurant!
- I love my studies and my ongoing learning.
- I love having friends who care about me and love me back.
- I am so grateful that I can write in a way that many people seem to enjoy.
- I am growing in my confidence that I can protect myself in potentially dangerous situations.
- I love having prayer and meditation in my life.
There’s more, but this list was a great start!
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I don’t make lists often, but more than 20 years ago I created another list that helped me through a difficult time in my life.
I felt I had no friends.
Now that may sound foolish or pathetic, but at the time, that’s how I felt.
Something inspired me to make a list, however short it might be, of the people I would call friends. No cheating with adding “acquaintances”; they had to be real friends.
When I finished the list, I was astounded: I had lots of friends! Some of them lived out of state; some of them were not in touch very often—but they were all friends, people who cared about me and whom I could call on in a pinch.
You can just imagine how gratifying that exercise was.
So, take the time to write a list that describes the substance of your life. Review it periodically or when you feel helpless to change the chaotic world. The list will remind you of how rich your own life is and how many blessings you have.
Give yourself the gift of your life.Published in