“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius
Lately, my daily to-do list has seemed like an empty well. With no hope of finding water, I’ve gone to bed feeling tired, frustrated and disappointed with what I checked off that day. It’s not that I didn’t check off any to-do items – it’s that I checked off the wrong ones.
But the Universe showed a little mercy recently. It grabbed my attention and is challenging me to look at my to-do list in a different way. The message I received is I have a clean slate right now. I can choose to make a list that is unfulfilling or I can choose to make a to-do list that is more aligned with my heart; my passion; and my spirit.
I hear you Universe.
Today is a new day – a blank page. I think I will make a new to-do list. It will be full of hope, promise and love. It will be honest, true and simple. It will sound more like me.
My simple to-do list
- Count my blessings.
The blessings of my children, my wife and the beautiful life we share are more than enough.
- Practice kindness.
I will always give the best of me.
- Let go of what I can’t control.
It’s not me. I surrender. Take me as I am, wherever I am, and I will follow.
- Share my heart.
I will share my heart, and trust that others will respect it and cherish it as much as I do.
- Be productive, yet calm.
There is a reason, and a purpose, behind every setback and disappointment.
- Just breathe.
Every moment is precious. I want to cherish each one.
Sometimes the simple path to a simple to-do list begins with getting smacked with a dose of reality, and then rather than responding with anger, chose to make a new to-do list that is simpler and sounds more like you.
The smack was just what I needed. My new, simpler to-do list gives me the opportunity to check off the right items – the ones that sound like me:
Being Love – Check
Finding Hope – Check
Showing Kindness – Check
Remaining Faithful – Check
Letting Go – Check
Enjoying the Moment – Check
The list may be just words written on paper, but each word has the ability to end the drought and fill the well with happiness.
What is A Simple Path?
This post is in A Simple Path, a twice-weekly series of short pieces inspired by my own life experiences. Each post is a simple path to experiencing something wonderful: maybe seeing life from a different perspective, or celebrating its beauty. Click here to read all posts in the series.