My 2015 THIMBLE LIST. . .
Why wait for your awakening? The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? “No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast. “I’m not worthy” I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure. I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practiced nearly enough. My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.” Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? . . . Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief, your stories of separation and failure. This is the day of your awakening. (Awakening Now by Dana Faulds.)
I was on a video chat with Jennifer Louden as she discussed her new book A Year of Daily Joy. A hundred or so of us virtually talked about how to get grounded and create meaningful ways to check in and out with yourself on a regular basis. And then we were introduced to the most amazing thing: The Thimble list. This is very different from a Bucket List, which is usually a list of once-in-a-lifetime adventures—sailing the Greek Isles, visiting Burj Khalifa- the tallest building in the world, eating at Cafe de Paris in Monte Carlo, meeting Sushmita Sen, etc. etc.
A Thimble List, to quote Jennifer is: "All the tiny thrills you want to experience often" and right now. Here are some of mine:
- Go for strength training once a week, if I can swing it. I begin the session complaining and whining to my personal trainer but you cannot beat the endorphin rush you get at the end of the class.
- Drink 7 glasses of water a day. I feel much better.
- Watch one movie in the theater every other week. It's therapy for the soul.
- Stay in touch with my peeps. Just regular touches and contact. Dates. Remember birthdays.
- Hug my spouse everyday in multiples of three. It makes me feel connected to him in a playful way.
- Let myself be hopeful and inspired by the T.V. show I'm starting. Let the fear (of failure) take a back seat. Let it be busy somewhere else and not buzzing in my brain like a swarm of insects around a dead animal.
- Stay moderate in my drinking, which is a journey I began in 2014. I've ever so proud of myself when I do, and I feel powerful.
- Smile at everyone I meet. (Even the mailman and even when he wears his usual surly expression.)
- Read a book every month. Try a new genre, such as non-fiction, which I rarely dive into. Doing something different sustains the soul.
- Create more margins in my life. Do more prepping in the evenings and get up earlier in the mornings, so I have time to run with my puppy in the backyard or have that second cup of coffee or warm up before my 5-days-week-30-minutes of cardio. So that I don't snip at my DH (darling husband) for singing in the car when we're running late or don't drop the F-bomb in the kitchen when I realize my DD (darling daughter) has finished the last drop of milk (again.)
Sometimes I think we make everything so big, so daunting, so "it must be this great, or it means nothing" and I wonder who made things that way. Jennifer said on the call that "most of life is lived in the thimble list zone." So why not make that zone as wonderful as possible?
What is your Thimble List? Please do share. . .