You ask the question? I ask and remember. Catharine comes home from a meeting. My hands warm from working in the frigid garden soil. I write and plan this story. Thinking now, I nod. Each event is important. They count because they satisfy.
The tasks satisfied as I did them. Reflecting now, I nod smiling.
The question if you had an hour, a day, a week to live, what would you do? The three occasions above are good examples. They are immediate. They do not match a well-intentioned list of most important things.
That I do them is important. The ability to do them is important. My health, food and shelter supports the space for my actions.
List makers favor the number 10. They write titles such as 10 Life Essentials.1 If I bog down while making tags I use googled lists for inspiration.
Love and purpose are on my list. Gladness at Catharine’s return touches on love. Making and creating of writing go with purpose, digging fits there. Sensations of icy fingers and warming make it real.
In my planner and on my calendar, I keep a list of tags.2 I assign tags to tasks and reminders. Years ago the tag helpful was on the list.
I counted the tags for the month. I did not find helpful noted often. My discovery led to interesting self-talk.
So, what counts? Why?
- Example list of ten — 1. Health, 2. Family, 3. Friends, 4. Purpose, 5. Freedom, 6. Peace, 7. Self-Development 8. Love, 9. Food Water Sleep Shelter (Basic Needs, 10. Faith observer.com ↩
- My list of twelve tags — 1. Achievement, 2. Together, 3. Little Adventures, 4. Order — Organized, 5. Beauty, 6. Mastery, 7. Build, 8. Fun — Satisfaction, 9. Well-being, 10. Exploration — Learn, 11. Maintain, 12. Contribute, 13. Love 14. PurposeThe overlap is ok. This is not a polished list. It’s a list of qualities. Doing stuff gives rise to them. ↩