You know that running list that starts ticking along when you try meditation, prayer, or sleep? Sometimes it is searching for the name of that guy that dated that girl who lived near you twenty years ago. Other times it is the list of all that you need to do as soon as you are finished this meditation that was item 14 on your to do list. (And for meditators - yes, I meant for that to be funny.)
And then there's the regrets. The medley of "I wish I had not done thats". Of all the useless lists I run in my head, that is the most useless of all. I wore the dress. It looked like crap. The photos prove it - why do I need to go through that all again?
Here is my latest list keeping me from spiritual enlightenment. Hope it helps clear out yours.
File name: What was I thinking?
Contents: Herbert Marcuse's Eros and Civilization . Death by snobbish, irrelevant drivel can happen so much more pleasantly in other ways. At least I bought it used. But why am I STILL reading it?
The Arthritis walk. 3 miles on a Saturday morning? I've been having trouble after the second block. Brainstorming graceful ways to show up, stride a bit, and spend the rest of the day on my tail. 7 days of "training" (read: napping) to go.
Not sending that Pho back. Tripe is still tripe, even when you move it to the side of the bowl.
Those fancy vitamins keep making me nauseous.
The lost, great spiritual discipline book. This explains why I am stuck with Marcuse.
Time not spent in organization, decluttering, and filing efforts. Must attack office files. Must do Spring cleaning. Must hit garden like a yard ninja. (Begin list of the 462 other things I'd rather do here.)
The pinwheel quilt requires 2,500+ pieces And I don't figure this out until after I finished piece number 314.
Missing (because it makes me feel better to run a list of close calls on regret):
Resisted that $30 Easter bonnet on Monument Ave. Probably a rare case of haberdashed wisdom on my part.
Resisted that $60 Ikea kitchen island and shouldn't have. Must have for the sewing room. Oh, drats - that means it's a regret.
You see what I am working against here on that whole enlightenment quest?