Back Story, Making a List

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Once upon a time, I dismissed lists as mind-numbingly prescriptive, yawningly obvious or both; borne of the tiresome territory of grocery stores and overdue thank you notes. But I’ve come to appreciate the value of a good list. That economy of information; an externalized catalog of my inner thoughts; a source of immediate gratification with each item achieved and crossed off; the crutch of middle age.

It would be the ultimate list: a list of lists’ merits. I’m not sure I would presume to generate such a thing, but I would certainly start with:

  • Keeping Track – Just the facts, when and where you need them.
  • Being Clear – Beyond facts lie desires. Lists help us articulate and solidify our elusive dreams. Just the dreams, when and where you need them.

I created my “Making a List” category as a challenge to myself. Could I create interesting, inventive lists that dissect and reflect on everything from a favorite book to my daily habits?  We’ll see.

But forget anything I might have to say and read The Checklist Manifesto. If you’ve ever been inclined to dis the list, this will shut yer trap. Lists save lives.

Just because: I thought something about the post should be vaguely about Christmas….

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