I am often consumed by my to-do lists and felt the deep need to pause and imagine a “don’t list” to follow in my life.
I read this old joke the other day:
A guy who goes to the doctor because his hand hurts when he moves it.
“It hurts when I do this,” he says to the doctor.
“Then don’t do that,” the doctor answers.
Which is, when you think about it, excellent advice for a lot of things.
The practice of reflecting what would be on a don’t list made me think and I hope take notice more quickly when I revert to my default mode of old habits and comfort zones. So here are some things I thought of for my Don’t List:
- Don’t say yes when I really want and need to say no.
- Don’t choose lazy and tired over fit and active.
- Don’t let my to –do’s ruin my delights.
- Don’t allow my self-talk defeat my determination.
- Don’t tolerate the world’s and my ego’s definition of success in distracting me from God’s plan.
- Don’t let my eyes revert to short-term detours instead of focusing on long-term destinations.
- Don’t listen to noisy life instead of God’s voice.
- Don’t permit my “I’m not good enough” overshadow my belovedness in God.
- Don’t let go of God’s hand.
- Don’t forget I am a child of God.
- Plus – Don’t forget to smile.
How about you? What would you add to your Don’t List?