As any who knows me can tell you, I love "To-Do" lists. I'm not sure how I'd get by without them...written on post-its, scribbled on the back of old envelopes, or now, tidily recorded in my iPhone. They're usually just your garden-variety lists: groceries, people I owe correspondence, chores. I've never made a to-do list like the one I spotted at a cafe in Providence recently.
My first reaction was judgment: Who makes a to-do list like that? It's so stupid! Luckily my inner critic got out of the way and my inner child took a look. And she loved it! ("Hug someone and be hugged" might even be #1 or #2 on her list.) There's another list I love, one I've thought of many times over the years. It's called Rules for Life by Angeles Arrien, a cultural anthropologist and award-winning author:
1. Show up.
2. Pay attention.
3. Tell the truth.
4. Let go of the outcome.
In this season of spring cleaning and long to-do lists, what might your inner child say? If you made a life list, what would be on it? What matters at the end of the day? At the end of a life? I decided to try it myself this morning. What I came up with surprised me. (If you listened to my Unity talk, it probably won't surprise you.) Here's my list:
Poetry and Musings of an Interfaith Minister on the Journey of a Lifetime.