Somebody told me a tale that struck like thunder. They were relaying an article about an actress, neither of which there were exactly sure about (the name of the actress or the article), but it went like this: A woman turned 65 and made a list of all the things she was NOT going to do – she was not going to learn to play the piano; she was not going to learn to speak French; she was not going to travel to every continent.
Making that list of life dreams, aspirations, guilt inducing failures of focus allowed her to really get down to the core of a much smaller set of experiences she did want to spend time on. It concentrated her attention on the possible and the possible became the probable in ways that the wishful would never be.
I’m ready to start thinking about those things I’m not going to do and letting go of all those maybes and might be’s, the ought to’s and the shoulds. I think I need to make that anti-list. What’s on yours?