I read a thoughtful article in last month’s Oprah magazine: “To-Do List, Or Not To-Do List?”, by Martha Beck. In it, Ms. Beck examines the experiences that “waste our time and drain our energy.” Naturally, I’m interested, as I am a compulsive list-maker as well as an occasional time-waster.
Ms. Beck’s thesis: it really is too late for certain mindsets, and for activities that rob us of the opportunity for happiness. While we make our to-do lists, whether literally or hypothetically, let’s sort out the fruitful activities from the frustrating ones.
It’s too late in our lives, for example, to live for “ego candy”: that’s anything we do simply for status or accolades. Oh, yes, I have done this: chosen something on my to-do list just because it will elevate others’ opinions of me. The author advises us to apply the following test to any experience we think we “should” have (for me, to read War and Peace, e.g.):
Have a glorious Tuesday,