i am, my dad and i decided on the phone today, my father's daughter. we love a good checklist. not only because we are big doers who like to accomplish, but because we are weird enough to actually obsess over the moment of getting to strike something off that list.
i have gotten so far as to have checklists on the giant white board in my office area, one in my calendar, and one on the blackberry so i can check off on the go, although pushing a button is not as good as putting an actual line through something with a pen or marker. ah. the bliss.
but there is a downside to the checklist. it is the day of reckoning that comes right at the end of the month when i have to fess up as to how i did. i love the beginning of the month, when i wipe the whole board clean and create a new list of dreams to accomplish and move forward on. anything seems possible. but at 1:30 pm on saturday two days before the month is over, the thought of having to go to the observatory, two museums, go running, make a skirt and finish a sweater as well as writing a new vision plan for my company, things start to look a little grim.
i think the lesson is this, as it has been for me most of my life: balance. i am good at getting things done, and not so good at appreciating what i have created. i am more like a hamster wheel than a buddha. my goal for october is to have a shorter, richer to-do list, one which moves things forward, but also allows and encourages for joy in the present. more organic process and less frantic activity.
i think it will be a good month. i offer the hope that all reading here will put both "breathe" and "enjoy" on their to-do lists. then let's see how we feel and what we've done by next month's end. i suspect it might be quite a lot.