I really love Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series. Frog and Toad Together begins:
One morning Toad sat in the bed. “I have many things to do,” he said. “I will write them all down on a list so that I can remember them.” Toad wrote down in a piece of paper: A list of things to do today.
Then he wrote: Wake up. “I have done that,” said Toad and he crossed out: Wake up.
I have a feeling Lobel understood the craziness that sometimes infests list makers. Where you might end the day with 48 things crossed off your list of 50, but not the two most important things. Yet somehow you feel like you accomplished something, because you crossed stuff off your list.
Just then there was a strong wind. It blew the list out of Toad’s hand. The list blew high up into the air.
“Help!” cried Toad. “My list is blowing away. What will I do without my list?”
“Hurry!” said Frog. “We will run and catch it.”
“No!” shouted Toad. “I cannot do that.”
“Why not?” asked Frog.
“Because,” wailed Toad, “running after my list in not one of the things that I wrote on my list of things to do!”
This year, I’m trying to be open to doing things not on my list. Or putting things on my list that I can’t easily cross off, yet attempting them anyway.
Are you a list maker?