Several days ago, I was reminded again of the fleeting kaleidoscope of time. Trips to the ER nearly always bring out the humble in a person, at least they do for me. That worry led me to reassess my goals to prioritize “Me” a little higher on the list.
The #LifeListClub hashtag came to my attention this week in Twitter, which I’m sure was no accident.
What is the Life List Club?
This is a group of authors who are putting their life and book goals out where everyone in their circle can see them. Plus they blog hop, which is always fun.
Pushed out into the blogosphere like inspirational offspring, these Life List Club goals are a constant reminder to not lose ourselves in the shuffle of all we must do to survive. I’m going to post a page with my goals, whether they let me in on the fun or not. I started a Bucket List but I’m going to expand.
#LifeListClub, to me, is a reminder that our goal is to thrive, rather than just survive. The whole concept of the Life List Club rings pretty high on my More Cowbell scale.
Current Life List Club members (alphabetical by first name):
- Anne-Mhairi Simpson
- Carrie Mumford
- Catie Rhodes
- Diana Ligaya
- Emily L Moir
- Gene Lempp
- Jennie Bennett
- Jess Witkins – Founder
- Lyn Midnight
- Marcia Richards – Founder
- Sonia G Medeiros
Note: If I missed somebody, please let me know in the comments. I encourage everyone to visit these bloggers and help them celebrate their goals. For more information on “the Club,” click on this link to Jess Witkins’ inaugural post.
How did the Life List Club come on my radar this week?
My husband and I had dinner with some dear friends Friday night after a very stressful week, filled with a torrent of obligations. The #1 obligation for me was taking care of my health after a blood clot scare.
Being in our friends’ home on Friday equaled four hours of time where the mantle of responsibility was shrugged off. The experience was incandescent because I left my worries at the door.
I went home and spent 20 minutes checking Twitter and visiting some blogs I follow, and I came across the aforementioned hashtag. And I started thinking…
I don’t believe that we adults take those worry-free hours often enough. (At least I don’t.) Most of us run around doing the next thing on our list in the hopes that we can relax someday. Meanwhile, work and responsibilities sometimes feel like they’re choking us with their daily phlegm.
Writing provides that worry free time for many of us, or it did when we began. If the deadlines of publication and edits and goals are getting you down, perhaps it’s time to schedule some worry-free writing time.
You might be scratching your head and asking what is worry-free writing time? This is when you sit at your keyboard, or notebook page, and open your mind to the universe. When you lose yourself in the beauty of a page full of words that have no purpose except their own vitality.
That’s going on my #LifeListClub goals, that worry-free time. Whether it’s dinner with friends, twenty minutes with a destination-free writing session, or fifteen minutes taking a walk in the summer sun, these pockets of time are precious gifts to be treasured.
What about you? What do you do to empty your mind and have precious moments of peace? Read a book? Exercise? Spoil your pet? Watch your child learn? What flips the relaxation switch for you?