Making lists has the ability to calm me. I used to make lists all of the time, lists about what needed doing the next day, lists about what was needed for projects, for shopping, for bills needing paying, what I was going to do to achieve something……the list of lists I made is endless!
My life worked and ran pretty darn smoothly. And then chaos hit my life, my husband became ill, I became ill, my kids faced problems and there just was no time for anything. We somehow got through the dramas and life got back onto an even keel, but my memory was no longer the sharp tool it had once been. I was forgetting to do things, which really upset me. But then I discovered an app for my phone and that really helped bring my life back into order.
In this digital age not many of us still use pen and paper. I do, but then I lose those lists, so I now duplicate them – paper, phone, tablet, laptop. It helps keep life running how I need it to.
I have never really thought of my lists of anything other than a useful tool to help me get through a never ending round of appointments and meetings. Today I discovered my lists were more than a useful tool. I was feeling sorry for myself and when self pity sets in I know I am doomed. Today I began making lists; lists of why I am following a certain path, lists about things I want to achieve, lists about how to obtain a certain goal, etc. These lists really settled me down. I had tried all of the usual positive stuff and that hadn’t really helped. It was only when I was creating my lists did I find that my soul was finally soothed. It occurred to me that sometimes I need something tangible rather than just a mere, positive thought. My lists, whether they be written on paper or typed into a digital format are there for me to look at, to read through and help me get through a stressful situation, or to help me decide upon something. They ease my burden and help me get to my goal.
Stress vs lists = soothed soul, win/win!!!