“Live the List” is consuming me. Not in an albatross-type of way – but in a wonderfully great, get me up early, keep me up late-type of way.
• I’m actively searching for a publisher, one that whole-heartedly believes in this project as much as me;
• I’m having life list discussions with anyone who will indulge me (“What is something you’ve always wanted to do?” is a question that eventually surfaces in the midst of a typical conversation. The follow-up question exemplifies the “Live the List” mission, though: “How can I help you accomplish that?”);
• I’m building my “platform,” which includes growing my audience and creating buzz through speaking engagements, social media, etc. (follow “Live the List” on Facebook for updates on the project and daily inspiration).
I’m loving every second of it. I’m energized, optimistic and my passion for this project intensifies every day. I constantly express my appreciation to God for leading me down this path.
I am struggling with something, however. It’s nothing more than head trash, but it has prompted some face-to-face pep talks in the bathroom mirror. I’m concerned that I’m turning into a one-trick pony – “Live the List”… All. The. Time.
Confession: I manufacture fictitious dialogue from other people that feeds my head trash monster:
“Another blog post about life lists? Seriously?”
“Can’t we talk about something else other than bucket lists?”
“Again, Drew…I don’t know what I’ve always wanted to do!”
The funny thing….it’s these same phantom conversations that fuel my fire. Yes, I’m writing a lot about this project – and it’s monopolizing many of my conversations – but I’ve written about things that are A LOT more trivial. Some examples:
AND heaven knows that people talk about more meaningless things – e.g. Duck Dynasty, fantasy football and family gossip.
While staring at myself in the bathroom mirror, I gave myself a poignant reminder:
“Live the List is about goals, dreams and aspirations.
Everyone should be talking about this…Every. Day.”
It’s about inspiring people who are just going through the motions and not truly living life. While discussing the season finale of Breaking Bad is valid from time to time, it won’t help people living in a haze of complacency and excuses.
So….no more apologies.
I’m going to write about “Live the List.” I’m also going to talk about it. If you’re not interested in focusing on your dreams and aspirations – or helping someone else accomplish their goals – quickly change the subject to something more important…
What about the newest IPhone?
Or the Funniest YouTube video you’ve ever seen?
We can discuss Lindsay Lohan, Anthony Weiner or another pop culture screw up.
We could always talk about WORK or the weather!
Insert a heavy dose of sarcasm and step off the soapbox.
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As I get deeper and deeper into the “Live the List” venture, I’m constantly reacquainting myself with things that I’ve written before – whether that’s on my blog, in a retired journal or on a cocktail napkin. Some of these things are my own thoughts and points of view, while there are countless number of motivational quotes and scripture that I’ve hoarded and/or posted over the years.
I wanted to share some of that relevant fodder with you. These are things that reinforce the mission of “Live the List.” Finding these treasures – buried in file folders or in the middle of a random blog post – are like gas on the fire.
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“Mend a quarrel. Seek our a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time.
Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy.
Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy.
Examine your demands on other. Think first of someone else.
Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle.
Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice.
Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Have faith.
Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the Earth.
Speak your love. Speak it again. Speak it still once again.”
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“WE DO OR DIE.”
– Fordham University Fight Song
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by Rose, an 87-year-old college student
“We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor everyday. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!
“There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.
“Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”