A New To-Do List
What if your “To-Do” List looked something like this?
1. Give/Receive 5 hugs
2. Smile at a stranger
3. Tell a friend thank you for simply being a positive presence in your life
4. Share one home-cooked meal with a close friend or family member
5. Eat 4-5 servings of vegetables
6. Write down three things in a gratitude journal
7. Spend 5 minutes in silent reflection
8. Read two pages of a spiritual text
While our Standard “To-Do” lists will certainly include practical objectives like buy groceries, wake up at 8 o’clock to finish a term paper, send the confirmation email/memo for the meeting at the end of the week, take out the recycling and trash- why can’t our lists also include a few things from the alternative list above?
Understandably, we cannot just add things to the Standard “To-Do” List and hope to feel completely nourished without the singe of burnout at the end of the day, so what on the Standard “To-Do” could you possible replace? remove? modify?- making space for something, perhaps, a little more nourishing? What if the 8 things on your list were non-negotiable, like drinking water, putting on your clothes for the day, sleeping? What if you had a calendar on your fridge where you could check off such things at the end of the day, reflecting on how you felt as you completed things on your Nourishing “To-Do” List.
We understand that this is a somewhat artificial construct/simulated exercise, but allowing yourself to see “sharing your love with others through the gift of five hugs” on the same level as “drinking and eating to live” can be a profound experience, one that may change how you choose to spend your time, how you connect with others, and, ultimately, how many things you actually get done.
Dedicated to the flourishing of your being