I came across notes the other day in a folder titled “Blog Ideas.” There were two lists of words. The first group contained this list of seventeen items (Sorry for the numbering glitch; I can’t get my new WordPress site to give me a single 1-17 list):
- Get up at same time each day
- Eat right
- Tell the truth
- Live minimally/declutter
- Dream big
- See problems as challenges
- Act with kindness
- Accept what cannot be changed
- Focus on the present
- Express gratitude
- Take responsibility
- Never make excuses
- Don’t hold grudges/forgive
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Strive for quality
The second group was shorter. It had only six items.
- Nurture social relationships.
- Take the time to listen.
- Choose friends wisely.
- Don’t seek approval.
- Avoid social comparison.
- Speak well of others/no gossip.
I am curious whose lists these are. Are they original with me or did I copy them? And from where might I have copied them?
As I stared at them, I began to see that the first, longer list focuses on the individual, while the six-item second list deals with the individuals life in relationship to others.
I don’t think I’d have come up with the second, shorter, more social list. They don’t sound like me, although I have nothing against any of them. But I reacted differently to the first list; they do sound like me, though the list itself is a bit longer than I’d like. So we really need so many?
How might you edit these lists? Anything left off that you’d want to add? Want to delete anything? What would you do with them
if you were me?
I look forward to your Comments.