“Have an irrational day.”
Today is International Pi Day
We were warned for a couple of days that Saturday was going to be rough in terms of weather. Rain to snow to freezing. For once, the calls were pretty accurate.
I knew there would be no yard work, and I had no plans to go anywhere.
So, I planned the day to redo half of my office. The side that I refer to as the “art desk” or the project side.
But in the sorting out of things, I found something that made me sad.
It was a yellow legal pad. I read through it and realized that it contained my notes from late December 2019
and it all about how I was going to conquer 2020, do some wonderful things in theater, do some wonderful things in writing…and retire.
I even made a list of what I should carry daily in my backpack.
I know myself well enough to get a good chuckle from the list realizing that, even without the pandemic, I would never have been that organized.
But I had a list of two shows I was performing in and three I was directing. I performed in one and directed half of another…more to come on that one. If you know, you know.
I’m sure at the time the outline for all of those plans was exciting and refreshing, thinking how I’d stay on top of things.
But like I wrote last week, when the shutdown came, I made another list of things I was going to accomplish.
Those didn’t happen either.
I think what most of us found out was that it took most of the energy we had just to survive.
There was one thing on the list…reorganize the office.
In reality, because I ended up doing virtual Santa visits in 2020, I’ve reorganized the office four or five times, and that doesn’t count what I did on Saturday.
I no longer have everything spelled out like I did on that list.
I have a list of projects and I make notes on when I need to work on them.
The 2019 list takes up about four or five pages of a perfectly good legal pad which is sort of an indication that I didn’t get very far with the plan in the first two months of that year.
The cold reality is that I could have done several of the things on that list even with the pandemic.
So, now I look at it and consider what I continue to work on, or what I want to put back on the list…or remove from the list.
I’m a list maker. And I love to do it with notebooks and post-it notes and pens and all the fun stuff.
Sometimes the accomplishment is making the list.
Just like this legal pad from 2019, I have things on my current list that I’ll never get to. And that’s okay.
The challenge is to keep working. Keep going forward.
Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
That would be irrational.
THINGS YOU SHOULD READ
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Church of England Priest Denounces Putin’s False ‘Christian Orthodox’ Faith
“He has seen the Gospel of peace and heard the words of love given to us and given to him by our God, and he has kissed the icons of the mother holding her child, and he has decided to trample untold numbers of children into the frost and mud of Ukraine and see how many mothers weep at the sight of their dead children.” Read More.
Bill Maher Defends Florida Bill: ‘Maybe Kids That Young Shouldn’t Be Thinking About Sex At All’
The Daily Wire
Maher discussed the issue with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni and Newsweek’s Batya Ungar-Sargon, and he pointed to the fact that the bill does not actually ban saying “gay” at all and clearly addresses only classroom instruction for children — in pre-kindergarten through third grade — regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. Read More.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1879 – Albert Einstein, German-American physicist, engineer, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
1920 – Hank Ketcham, American author and cartoonist, created Dennis the Menace (d. 2001)
1921 – S. Truett Cathy, American businessman, founded Chick-fil-A (d. 2014)
1933 – Michael Caine, English actor and author
1934 – Paul Rader, American 15th General of The Salvation Army
1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
WHAT I’M READING
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.