NO LIST

Writers like me are always looking for inspiration.

Many of my article ideas come from watching and listening to my grandchildren, as well as from observing nature and reading Scriptures.

This morning I was inspired by a bottle of laundry detergent.

I poured detergent into my washer, loaded the dirty clothes, closed the lid, and started the machine.

Then, as I began replacing the lid on the detergent bottle, I discovered I had started twisting it on in a crooked way. I had to take off the lid, align the grooves on the lid with the grooves on the bottle’s top, and begin again.

Then, as I twisted on the lid, I heard a satisfying “click,” which told me I had secured it properly.

I wish all misalignments in my life were so easily fixed.

Forever I am striving to secure that satisfying, all-is-as-it-should-be click in the following efforts:

  1. Get organized.
  2. Declutter.
  3. Finish what I start.
  4. Take better care of myself.
  5. Write more.

If I were to compose a list of new year’s resolutions, these items would be on it.

But I’m resisting the urge to do that this New Year’s Day.

I don’t need a list to remind me to work toward achieving those goals.

There is no chance I will forget to try to get organized, declutter, finish what I start, take better care of myself, and write more.

Those are the very efforts that occupy my mind, my time, and my life every day. Why write on a piece of paper the goals I couldn’t not work toward if I tried?

The truth is this.

No matter how hard I work at it, I will never hear that elusive click informing me I’ve achieved success. I’ve reached my goals. I’ve arrived.

No click, so no list.

This year, I resolve to love better. To love the way 1 Corinthians 13 instructs me to love. To love more nearly the way God loves.

Consider joining me.

16 thoughts on “NO LIST”

  1. I love your reflections. Thank you for blessing us with them. When I see your post pop up in my inbox I know I have a precious gift awaiting. I had just finished viewing part of one of my Pinterest boards on the beauty of God’s creation in winter. I have one for every season. I always feel more in awe of our loving Heavenly Father after looking at the wonder of this world He created and with which He blessed us . That was exactly when my email notification sounded and after reading your words I thought what a perfect segue into your writing. May He continue to bless you richly as you continue to honor Him.

    1. Sharon, thank you for commenting. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you. I hope you and your family are well and happy. Covid-19 has struck our family recently, but at the current time, we are all well. It’s so nice to hear from you and read your thoughts. Please take care.

    1. Well . . . sometimes I manage to do that. I’ve closed my FB account. I was wasting time on it, mostly reading recipes I’ll never try. I’m hoping closing that account was a good thing.

  2. My goals for the year are similar – and to read through the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Starting it today!

  3. I “love” your New Year’s goal, Debbie! You have inspired me to do the same. No matter if anything else gets accomplished, you have your priorities right. Blessings for the new year, my friend!

    1. And blessings to you and yours, Becky. I’ve closedd my FB account, so I won’t be seeing your photo posts. I was wasting time on there, and I’m frustrated that social media giants rule the world!

  4. I am not a fan of New Years resolutions. I signed yo to receive daily writing prompts via text which I may or may not use. I am taking a 52 week writing class from The Daily Om which I am really looking forward to. I, too, will do my best to love more and to express that love more openly.

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