Sunday, December 9, 2007

Life List Day 264 - Some Soul Searching

264 days ago I committed to trying one new or special thing every day. I didn't have a plan for how long I'd do it - I just decided I'd keep at it as long as it felt interesting and rewarding.

I'm on the fence as to whether to continue.

I'd like to make it to a year, but that's 100 days...100 more things...100 more times when maybe I'm feeling like a total lazyass and instead I make myself do SOMETHING.

I guess I'm officially confessing - doing something every day has been AMAZING, but it ain't been easy.

So my list list is on double-secret probation, just like the guys in Animal House.

I have something for tomorrow....something that I've been putting off a LONG time that I'm doing because of this life list (a good reason to keep going).

After that...well, I guess we'll see.


Livingsword said...

Hi Jill;

Thanks for being so candid….

After reading this article of yours I thought I would meander over to your profile (in other words look at the right sidebar of your blog and read the “about me” section).

In that section you say:

“I recently gave myself an unusual challenge: EVERY DAY I have to do ONE THING that I've never done before...or that scares me...or that just sounds fun. I came up with the idea simply because I was in a rut. This is MY version of a Life List - not necessarily things-to-do-before-I-die, but things to do NOW that'll hopefully make every day livlier.”

A casual analysis opens up several interesting things….

This is an unusual challenge which is why it is interesting….

You present life as an adventure, exploration, or even as a kind of “dare” of sorts which is interesting…

You came up with the idea because you were “in a rut”…but now it seems the life list has put you back into “a rut”….I humbly ask….could it possibly be that just like buying things or receiving things actually doing things cannot fulfill the human heart and soul? Perhaps we are designed for more?

Could it be that relationship with one another which is also interesting, and wonderful and buying and receiving and doing which can also be interesting and wonderful are not meant to fulfill because they are finite but instead they are to be seen as large signs or guide posts pointing at relationship with the Other which is an infinite adventure, and exploration and relationship?

jehara said...

regardless if you choose to continue it seems like you have done a lot of great things and accomplished some set goals you had put off (beach house). i think it's amazing that you have done it for this long and perhaps you don't need to continue. just embarking on the project is enriching in itself and surely there was growth and learning. if it seems like a chore now perhaps the list is no longer needed. . .

just my two cents anyway.

jehara said...

not to say that i won't miss it if you do stop.

and also, your list has been very inspiring.

Simone said...

Totally understand, but your sense of humor & insight will be missed. You crack me up. Looking forward to your next book, are you working on one? How's the "movie" coming along?

Anonymous said...

I personally love how you do something daily. I usually read it twice a week and its really neat keeping up with a strangers adventures. I hope very much that you continue doing this!

Anonymous said...

I will miss reading your blog, I hope you keep it up

Livingsword said...

Can you believe I forgot to use the email comments?

Looks like your fans encouragement got you going again! Yeah!

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