“What is on your bucket list – now that your health has improved?”
This intriguing question was asked of me at a recent family event. He understood, as I do, that life alters when you have a serious health condition – one experiences many losses of ‘normal’ life – besides health, altered diet, loss of ability to work, inability to participate in many family and school activities, etc..
Big time losses. How do you recover any such losses?
I probably have never had an official bucket list, particularly a written down list that spells out special things I want to do in my life. But, as most of us do – I have always had dreams and hopes.
To answer the question about my bucket list, I began thinking back to my college years – those first dreams I remember – to travel. Oddly, in my 53 years of life, I haven’t left the U.S., with the exception of Canada.
Post college, I began work as an RN immediately, and, found the man of my dreams (yes, marriage was in the dreams list, but only if I could find someone wonderful – and, best thing ever – that happened).
As far as my dreams to travel, I never traveled the continents – but, the Lord gave me my dream in a different package – He brought the people across the continents to me. My 16 year career as a community health RN were spent working with families from all over the world. I was blessed by building relationships and seeing first hand, through home visiting, peoples from many nations. Travel would never have given me such insight, such a personal view. God met my dreams in ways I never imagined.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purposes prevails.” – Prov 19:21
I realize, my bucket list has changed. Many things are less important to me than they once were, like travel –
My Bucket List Has Shrunk!
I have four items on my current list. Health challenges and losses have boiled down my priorities – not expanded them. Here’s my current list:
- Hold my grandson “A.M.A.I.C.” (as-much-as-I-can)!
- Spend regular time with my family and with friends.
- Cuddle on the couch with my hubby, often!
- Treasure & celebrate moments, don’t wait for events. Be present in the here & now.
I’m coming to the conclusion that my attitude through life is even more important than what I do.
I’ve been thinking perhaps a healthier view of the bucket is………….rather than a special occasion “to-do” list, is a daily kind of ‘fill-er-up’ bucket.
Let’s relook at our New Year’s Resolutions, too, and include more “Attitudinal Daily Do’s”. When we change our attitude, I have a feeling our lives will start to change, too.
My question to myself is –What Do I Want to Fill My Life's Bucket With? Click To Tweet
Here are my thoughts….
- Be Grateful More > Complain Less
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God..” I Thess 5:18
- More Hope – More Heart > Less Fear
“Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10
- Grow More Here > Wander Less
“Be content whatever your circumstances..” Phil 4:11
- Give More > Spend Less
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good…” – Isaiah55:2
- Pray More > Worry Less
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation … present your requests to God. And the peace of God…will guard your hearts…” -Phil 4:6,7
- Forgive more > Judge Less
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged….Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
- Laugh More > Criticize Less
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
“Take hold of the life that is truly life.” I Timothy 6:19
**Are there any attitudes you’d like to add to your daily life bucket?