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Is the sign of a good movie one that makes you forget your lists? Those of us who are list-makers, love our lists, and it takes quite a distraction to make us forget about them.  To-Do lists, To-Go lists, To-See lists, To-Taste lists, To-Read lists, To-Buy lists, To-Wash lists, To-Send for Christmas lists - you name it!   We have lists on envelopes, lists on chalkboards and dry erase boards in the kitchen or at the office.   We use tiny post-it-note lists stuck in our wallet or on our steering wheel.  We even have lists of lists - and the list goes on!
Lists are a wonderful way to control the almost impossible demands of our chaotic existence into the "maybe" possible.  They turn abstracts into specifics; they break large looming projects into bite size pieces.  AS the bottom of the list approaches a sense of accomplishment begins to well up within us.
Lists lead us through the maze of everyday life.  They map out our direction for duties, responsibilities, appointments, and tasks.  Lists offer a strategy, declaring intent to conquer rather than be conquered.  They remind us to go to our yearly physical even when we'd rather forget about it.  We're happy to cross it off and heave a sigh of relief that we don't have to think about it again - until next year.
The fear of becoming enslaved to our lists looms overhead.  Life seems to march on by as you busily check off items on your list.  A strange pleasure of eliminating things done offers more reward than actually doing the tasks.  It appears that you've begun to enjoy checking off the sights rather than appreciate the view.  Instead of finding your way out of the maze you find yourself bumping into the walls.  

And even with all these seemingly helpful lists we all too often forget the toothpaste but remember the cookies, buy a special anniversary card and then forget to send it!

posted on: 3/24/2009 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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