Writer’s Digest Wednesday Poetry Prompt #389; Theme: Improvement

Improvement (is an inside job)

It starts with the self
Minimalism and mindfulness
Productivity over busyness
Recursive reading
Occupational happiness
Variety of experiences
Eat well, pray often, love the one you’re with
Making time, taking time
Endless intellectual curiosity
Not afraid to say no
Thank you, please, and I’m sorry

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 389

Dave’s List

Lists are one of my favorite forms of writing. I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s show in my car during lunch hour, and he received a lot of hateful comments over this one: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day

I can see how this piece would hit a nerve with lower-income people, of which I am one; I don’t know if one becomes rich by having these habits, or if they acquire these habits if they are rich (or become rich); I’m inclined to believe the former. 

I believe time wasted isn’t wasted if it is being enjoyed; however, I also believe how we manage our time is important if we want to be successful (which is not always about the money).

So many people waste hours on Pinterest (one of my friends in the local writers’ group I attend referred to it as “Internet hoarding”), without doing any of the things they pin. I remember reading somewhere that we’ve become a nation of watchers, not doers, and some people, I believe, only do things, so they can take pictures of them and post them on social media.

One of my many New Year’s resolutions is to do more and watch less. The only thing I’m not doing on this list is to wake up three hours before I go to work. That would be four in the morning when it’s still dark, which is just depressing. I would have to go to bed right after I get home to make that happen, and I must have time to unwind.

One can not like the list, and, I suppose, disagree with it. I choose to use this list as a way to improve my life—not so much to make me rich but to improve myself. I think when one does certain things, other things just naturally fall into place.