I am traveling down the Illinois highway, not driving of course, with sidekick Tootsie the Terrier. Tootsie likes to feel connected by perching on the bright green, flowered pillow, sharing the passenger seat with me. My mouth burning as I experiment with eating sugared ginger as an attempt to blog on the freeway without getting car sick for the first time. I will let you know how that goes. So far, all I can think about is how spicy my tongue feels and the need for more coffee to keep me awake after sleeping under a giant spotlight all night.
This week I drive to Texas, and as we drive I ponder something I read about last week, the Stop Doing List. The thought of writing one halted my brain in mid-process and for a second halted my whole self with screeching like a mechanical assembly line if the red emergency button was pushed (at least that is what I think they have in my imagination).
I have motivated, pushed, scolded, and built my identity upon the To DO List. I had a list on my counter, three in my folder, one in my pocket, and I even got freaky crazy and started writing some for Jon in my spare time. I am SO prolific in writing To DO Lists, I could write you one right now if you just tell me your name and what color socks you are wearing.
The idea of the Stop Doing List is to stop doing the things in your life that are draining to you, that suck you of energy, that are negative to your spirit. For example, I would like to stop holding powerful resentment towards the driver that just pulled out in front of me for longer than the moment, or spending so much time looking at Facebook, etc.
Weekly Challenge “Stop Doing List”
- Random ideas of what to stop doing in my life..
- If I stopped doing these things I would..
- My top five things to stop doing are..
Making lists works well in my life.
(ineffective) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (effective)
This Week’s Challenge:
1. Choose one thing from your list and stop doing it this week. Note when you have been challenged and the situations you were in when it was tempting to pick it up again.
Now to let go of the bad driver’s on the freeway. (BTW, this ginger thing is really working!)