On Wednesday, my wife informed me that the place we board our cats when we travel will be closing down. This is a bummer for us, because we really enjoyed this place. Whenever we dropped our cats off, we never worried about them because they received excellent care, and were always in great shape when we returned. We will miss this place.
Again, I’m reminded of the importance of appreciating those things (and people) we enjoy while we have them, because so often things change, and they’re gone.
Be on the look out for those things you currently enjoy and look upon them with gratitude and thanksgiving, while you still have them. And remember, while change can be sad or frustrating, it is also the vehicle by which exciting new things come into our lives.
There are plenty of things in life that we have no control over. For example, the weather, the economy, genetics, and most every other person on the planet, just to name a few. However, there are a number of variables in life that we do have control over.
Of those variables, the lever of control we have is choice. We can choose our responses, our behavior, our outlook, the words we use, the course we chart for our life.
This knowledge should be a constant reminder to us to make wise choices. The choices we make today impacts the quality of our tomorrows.
I’m currently listening to the audio book “Music is History” by Questlove. One thing I’m really enjoying about this book so far is the introductions Questlove has indirectly given me to artists and songs I might not have encountered on my own. I’m just a few chapters in, and already, I’ve been listening to a handful of new songs and “favorited” a couple of artists in Spotify. I’m grateful he took the time to write this book and share some of his favorites with the rest of us.
Be on the lookout for these indirect introductions throughout your day. They could be recommendations from friends, suggestions of things to do this weekend from the evening news, or suggestion on a website. It’s a great way to experience something new, and maybe even discover a new favorite.
We’re getting ready to do a bathroom remodel, and as part of any home improvement project, I like to get people that will be doing the work lined up and scheduled early. For this project, I’ve had a hard time doing that because we’re waiting to know when fixtures will arrive, because the work can’t start until they do. I was telling my wife that I feel like I’m not getting anything done or moving the project forward. Her response was simple and accurate. “We can’t line people up until we have all the fixtures, so right now, our job is to wait.”
She’s right. Worrying or trying to “do” stuff won’t make things arrive any quicker. Our next step can’t be taken until everything arrives. Therefore, since we’ve picked out and ordered what we want, our job is done for now.
Once I thought about her comment, I felt much better. I can’t cause something to happen that is beyond my control. We’ll be able to move ahead when everything arrives. In the meantime, we just have to be patient and wait.
Last week was the first week since January 2013 that I haven’t made a blog post. I’d like to say it was because we were busy traveling last weekend, but I’ve traveled many times since 2013 and have still created a weekly blog post. The simple excuse is, I just forgot.
Beyond just forgetting, the real reason it didn’t get posted was because I didn’t write, “Post blog” on my list of To-Do items.
I find that when I have a lot of things going on, I need a list to help me keep track of the tasks I need to complete. Much like a grocery list, a task list helps me ensure that I don’t forget anything important I’m supposed to do. More importantly, a task list frees up my mental capacity from having to remember to do something. Once it’s on my list, I don’t have to spend any energy remembering to do it, because the list will remember for me.
I heard a quote once that said, “Our mind are great places for having ideas, but they’re a horrible place for storing them.” I totally agree! Whether paper or digital, lists are great places for remembering things like:
- Groceries to buy at the store
- Chores you need to complete
- Things you need to pack for a trip
- Books you want to read
- Destinations you like to visit
- People you need to contact
- Appointments and meetings you have during the day
The next time you have a number of things to remember, instead of keeping them in your head, consider making a list. Not only will a list help you remember what you need to do, it’s fun to cross completed items off the list!