I've spent a lot of my life trying to finish lists. Crossing things off gives me satisfaction. It gives me the illusion I am ever closer to the time when I can relax and really enjoy life. As if it must be done in that order. Yet these lists (and worries I touch with my thoughts each day) are the very thieves which must be quieted. The things which prevent flow.
One very good way to quiet thieves is to spend a few minutes immersed in the wisdom of someone else's words. Here's a link to a TED Talk by David Whyte (provided by the same thief-quieting spirit lady who gifted me a copy of the new book by Mark Nepo) which is sure to help push your lists to the side for a few minutes today. https://www.ted.com/talks/david_whyte_a_lyrical_bridge_between_past_present_and_future.
9/5/2019 11:44:41 am
Sage advise Jen and an amazing painting.
9/5/2019 11:47:15 am
Carl! You are on vacation, where abandoning "to do" lists should be easy peasy. :)
9/5/2019 03:07:43 pm
Quieting Thieves has majesty, power, wisdom embedded unflinchingly. Whoa.
9/5/2019 03:45:36 pm
Dotty! Oh my. Thank you. And I love it when we're synchronized that way. :)
9/5/2019 05:41:03 pm
Great finish, Jen! This painting is "cloaked" with ambiguity and intrigue (choice of narrative). Nice choices of defined and not.
9/5/2019 06:53:26 pm
Stan! Always honored to see comments from you, oh Grand Master! Thank you - I am truly delighted with this one. Ambiguity and intrigue as a "cloak" - YES!
9/7/2019 01:24:54 am
Oh the dilemma! To make a list to quiet the many monkeys trying to get to the top, and then trying get free of the list so it doesn't take away our freedom. Don't know if it makes sense...but what does?
9/7/2019 11:20:45 am
Carol! I hope this figure DOES have the solution! I am learning to balance the list (important, helps keep me organized, not having to remember everything in my brain) with the need to allow flexibility and freedom to set it aside...not to let it postpone joy. Maybe making the list is good enough?
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