We all have so many…
bills to pay.
people to call.
plans to make.
emails to return.
goals to achieve.
ideas to act upon.
questions to answer.
projects to complete.
commitments to follow through on.
We all have so many things to do.
How do I suggest that we can get it all done?
Make a list of ONE.
ONE important thing to do.
Then do it.
I dare you to ignore the other things you feel like you need to get done.
I dare you to allow yourself to focus on only ONE thing.
I dare you to make your life that simple.
A new proverb must motivate us all…A list of one is quickly done.
Those who love their own noise are impatient of everything else. They constantly defile the silence of the forests and the mountains and the sea. They bore through silent nature in every direction with their machines, for fear that the calm world might accuse them of their own emptiness. The urgency of their swift movement seems to ignore the tranquility of nature by pretending to have a purpose. The loud plane seems for a moment to deny the reality of the clouds and of the sky, by its direction, its noise, and its pretended strength. The silence of the sky remains when the plane has gone. The tranquility of the clouds will remain when the plane has fallen apart. It is the silence of the world that is real. Our noise, our business, our purposes, and all our fatuous statements about our purposes, our business, and our noise: these are the illusion.
--Thomas Merton - From No Man is an Island