Shorten your list
A man walked into my restaurant today and saw me gazing into space - as I often do at work. There was plenty on my brain, yesterday was a complete disaster and of course that affected my mood today.
He interrupted my thoughts and said “You’re so far away. I used to be just like you when I was younger”. I replied “oh yea?” Brushing off what I assumed to be one of those useless small talks before getting him his server.... Unfortunately it was not. He continued, “As you get older, your list gets shorter. I used to have many things on my mind..” I just listened, because at this point, whatever he had to get off his chest this morning was meant for me. So, I gave him my full attention.
“I got it down to 7 things” he said. Not fully understanding what he meant by this, I giggled and said that’s impressive. Before he sat down to have his breakfast, he looked at me and told me to “shorten your list”.
It took a moment for that to resonate with me. Still too preoccupied with my previous thoughts. It wasn’t until an hour later that I randomly ran into him on my way to the restroom. He asked “did you shorten your list” in which I replied “I’m working on it!". It was in that moment that I understood what he meant.
In this life, only a handful of things are of life changing significance. The things that matter most should be the only thing that have the power to move you, and consume you. A lot of times, we give too much energy to things that don’t reallllly matter. I have a tendency of overly stressing things I have no control over and that distracting me from the people and things that should.
I have to shorten my list. The man told me to get it down to 7 things. Ill spend the rest of the day focusing on that, rather than how crappy yesterday was. Not important.
So far, my list consist of this
My Dreams and Passions
I'm still working it - and It may change. I'll keep you updated.