Wowie Gazowie! I have been awarded yet again, this time by Kim over at Laketrees. This award is for "exuding sunshine and serenity wherever I go". Wow, thank you Kim! Coming from you, who I always think of as being a positive force out here in Blogland, this is lovely. I will display it proudly.
I suppose this award is well timed, since my post for today begins like this:
Ten Things To Do Instead Of Worrying:
1. Laugh out loud foolishly. Even if you don't really mean it. At least you might accidentally get some fresh air this way.
2. Make up silly riddles. (Do vegetarians wear fishnets?)
3. Eat ridiculously overpriced and amazing chocolate.
4. Read the comics before the news.
5. Read the obituaries. Notice how everyone died in alphabetical order again. Smile because your name isn't there.
6. Turn OFF the TV.
8. Try on hats.
9. Write country songs. (My newest one is called "Take the chains off my heart, it's not a snow tire."
(Dedicated to everyone living in Chicago, where 18 inches of snow fell today.)
10. Sit still for 5 minutes. When you begin to fidget after the first 20 seconds, really get into it. Fidget loudly and like you mean it.
I write lists just for fun sometimes. Often they are lists of goals, of what I want, of clothes I want to sew, improvements I want to make. Making lists helps me get organized. Lists also help me figure out what I want, which is no small feat. I can probably find 3 lists around me right now without looking too hard. Sometimes they are shopping lists, or lists of what I want to get done today. Lists help me ground my day, help me get to what I am trying to accomplish. And of course, I have permission to scratch things off the list, ignore them, or just fuggedaboudit if I don't want to do that thing at all.
Because of the many demands on my space each and every day, making lists helps me to stay focussed. When one is self employed, this is key to actually getting goals accomplished. Especially when one works mainly out of one's own home, with all its many distractions of laundry, errands, chores. Even cleaning out the refrigerator looks good to me on a day I am procrastinating. So I have to look at my list. Nope, don't see 'cleaning the refrigerator' on it today. Funny, come to think of it, I never see that on any of my lists!
This blog has lists on it: my links list, links to favorite places I visit, a list of the paintings on this blog. And here's a list of lists I found today:
Timothy McSweeney Tips Out His Muse: Poetic, silly and fun list of lists.
To Do List.
Here's a list by one of my favorite authors:
Did I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave
Had twenty-three sons and she named them all Dave?
Well she did. and that wasn't a smart thing to do.
You see, when she wants one and calls out, "Yoo-hoo!
Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one.
All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run!
This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves'
As you can imagine, with so many Daves.
And often she wishes that, when they were born,
She had named one of them Bodkin Van Horn
And one of them Hoos-Foos. And one of them Snimm.
And one of them Hot-Shot. And one Sunny Jim.
And one of them Shadrack. And one of them Blinkey.
And one of them Stuffy. And one of them Stinkey.
Another one Putt-Putt. Another one Moon Face.
Another one Marvin O'Gravel Balloon Face.
And one of them Ziggy. And one Soggy Muff.
One Buffalo Bill. And one Biffalo Buff.
And one of them Sneepy. And one Weepy Weed.
And one Paris Garters. And one Harris Tweed.
And one of them Sir Michael Carmichael Zutt
And one of them Oliver Boliver Butt
And one of them Zanzibar Buck-Buck McFate...
But she didn't do it. And now it's too late.
"Too Many Daves" by Dr. Seuss
I'm adding "read Dr. Seuss" to my list of Things to do rather than worry!
Do you make lists? What do your lists look like?
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