My blogging friend Anita Mathias piqued my interest in the “I don’t” list a few days ago. She made a statement that stuck with me:
“You recognize that you are never, never going to do what God has called you to do if you try to do everything that everyone else does. You realize that you can, at most, do one thing well, and so you focus.”
Right away, I started mulling the things that I do and the things that I don’t do, all as part of my journey of “focus.” Here’s what my lists look like:
Things I do
- Keep plugging away daily at small steps towards my goal of being a successful freelancer.
- Pray and read the Word consistently, and listen to the Holy Spirit.
- Congratulate Facebook friends for their birthdays, and click on the Breast Cancer Site every day.
- Unsubscribe online and offline from whatever causes clutter or drama.
- Return unused or unusable items. Again, no clutter, more cash.
- Learn something new every day.
- Listen to good music and read voraciously every day.
- Look for small and big ways to bless and encourage others.
- Exercise regularly.
- Say “thank you,” whether in person, via e-mail or snail mail, or online.
Things I don’t do
- What the crowd is doing.
- Indulge empty-headed people. I won’t be rude to you, but I will definitely DFC (decrease frequency of contact).
- Social events at which I have to make small talk to strangers and appear interested and interesting.
- Television (except for The Haves and the Have Nots; don’t judge!)
- Violent or R-rated movies.
- Starbucks. Or coffee.
- Read just one book at a time. I normally have several in the mix.
- Christmas cards. I’d rather call you and have a good chat.
- Clutter and excess.
- Multi-level marketing, or home parties at which related stuff is sold.
- Farmville, Candy Crush, Pudding Pop, Texas Hold’em. All y’all who play them…for the love of Mike, stop sending the rest of us requests!? #Pleasethankyou.
- Blogging five days a week. More power to you who can do it. Moi? I’ll pass.
Do you have an “I don’t” list? What are the top items on it?