Much energy is given to contemplating the idea of a bucket list – the aspirations we have for those once-in-a-lifetime experiences (like sky-diving, canoeing the Amazon, or visiting the pyramids).
There’s nothing wrong with thinking and dreaming big. The challenge is that so much of our everyday life plays out on a much smaller scale.
Because of this, Jennifer Louden recommends writing yourself a Thimble List. That’s a list of tiny thrills and joys that you want to experience often – things like:
- surprising a client with an unexpected kindness
- savoring a bowl of juicy strawberries
- sharing laughs and adventures with a two year old
- reading a great novel while stretched out in the shade
Ticking items off the bucket list is great; and engaging in small pleasures can be every bit as satisfying.
Pause for a few minutes this week with pen and paper in hand.
Start your very own Thimble List. Post it somewhere to prompt you to take advantage of those everyday opportunities for joy.
Travel Plans – Most years, my husband and I usually plan our travel adventures for ‘off season’. This year, we’re trying something different and adventuring across the pond to experience the height of summer in points European. While we travel, I’ll be taking a month-long hiatus from creating these messages. Look for your next Pause ezine in your mailbox on July 22.
Malaise News – Thanks to all who offered their opinions on possible titles for programs on the topic of malaise. These phrases were amongst the top runners:
- From Bored to Restored
- Engagement Is An Inside Job
- Spark A New Journey
- Moving Through & Moving On
- From Tired To Inspired
- From Deflated to Elated
Although I haven’t yet settled on the final title, your feedback was very helpful in sorting the list and advancing the cause. Much appreciated!
This post was written by Pat Katz on June 10, 2015