Remember when remembering was easier than it is now? (I’m talking to my older readers. You younger ones—remember this: you’ll be old too, someday.)
I post a gratitude list on Facebook each night and if I don’t keep a running list on my phone throughout the day, forget it! I can barely remember my name by 9pm, let alone remember the details of my day.
Counting it all Joy (the name of my nightly list) is my way of remembering the good stuff. Making my list reminds me (another “Re-word” that I could write a whole post about) to have perspective—to see accurately. When you actively look for blessings, really pay attention (it costs something: time, energy, focus) you realize there’s no such thing as a bad day.
Understand please, that no one who knows me well would ever call me a Pollyanna, or Susie Sunshine. But as I continue to ask God to give me eyes to see what He sees, and then to purposefully remember by the act of writing it down, my days have a lightness to them. My perspective changes.
Ultimately what I remember by all that remembering is this truth:
GOD. IS. GOOD.
Life is good.
Of course He is. And life IS good. But I forget. It’s crazy how forgetful I am.
Yesterday I totally forgot that I had a facial scheduled even though I had it written down in several places. (But I remembered to go to the grocery.) I remember big things but forget little things. Or I remember little things but forget big things.
The power of making a list
Photo by Tyler Ely
The word remember means to retain, recall, relive, or remind. To recollect or reminisce. It comes from the prefix “re-” (again) + memorai “be mindful of.”
In Hebrew, the origin of the word remember lies in the idea of pricking, piercing. I love that! The act of remembering acting as a kind of physical goad.
We sigh and say, “I guess this illness is permanent.”
God pokes at our memories and says, “Remember when I healed you?”
We resign ourselves to things never changing.
The Holy Spirit nudges us to look outside our window and says, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
So, I decided to make myself a list to sort of “prick my conscience,” about all the stuff I tend to forget. To help me remember. Maybe it will help you remember, too.
- life is a privilege
- where you came from
- to say thank you
- to journal
- to smile
- to get some fresh air every day
- to sing
- to dance
- be curious
- to laugh
- you don’t know what someone has been through
- weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning
- to memorize scripture
- the good times during the bad times
- good times will come again
- to listen
- to read every day
- have some rituals
- to rest
- to make your bed
- to monitor your thoughts
- exercise your rights as daughter of the King
- eat healthy
- keep a gratitude list
- call your mother
- you were young once, too
- you are a child of the most high God
- God is your healer
- God is your provider
- God sings over you
- God delights in you
- your childhood dreams
- not everyone understands your dreams
- to comfort the hurting
- to make funny faces
- to wear cool socks
- to make lists
- to whistle
- to put down your phone
- to pet your dog
- to pet your neighbor’s golden retriever
- to not pet your neighbor’s pit bull
- you’ll be old one day, too
- to mind your manners
- to teach your kids to mind their manners
- to teach your kids to mind you
- reach for the stars
- try something new
- drink water
- have a mentor
- be a mentor
- be a friend
- love your enemies
- always be learning something new
- read non-fiction once in a while
- write a poem – try haiku
- turn off the TV
- that this too, shall pass
- hugs help
- to resole your favorite boots
- you are blessed if you have a roof over your head
- to forgive
- PJ’s all day is OK but not every day
- to take your vitamins
- it’s more blessed to give than to receive
- to recalibrate your bathroom scales
- stretchy pants may not be your best option
- some days stretchy pants are your ONLY option
- give others the grace you’d want them to give you
- weep with those who weep
- to have real life friends, not just Facebook friends
- listen to good music
- read poetry
- call your mother
- train your brain
- guard your tongue
- take long walks
- get down on the floor and play with a child
- to walk in the woods
- stare at the sky
- say please
- pray before you go to bed
- pray when you get up in the morning
- pray without ceasing
- God has a plan and a purpose for your life
- God’s purpose will prevail
- you can redesign your life
- to call your mother
- if you’re not dead yet, you’re not done yet
- you can whine and decline or you can praise and be raised
- to tell your story
- to tell His story
- everybody has a story
- Jesus loves you
- to visit your parents
- share your cookies
- play nice
- to practice hospitality
- wear the dangly earrings and use the good china
- to count it all joy
Whew! I feel better already, don’t you? (And yes, I repeated “Call your mother” three times, a not-so-subliminal message to my children.) I added some humor to my list because I always need a reminder to lighten up. What do you need to be reminded of?
What would you add to this list? Your list will probably look totally different than mine and I’d love to read it.
I’ll close with a scripture that you can use as a prayer:
“Help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us to interpret our lives correctly. Set your wisdom deeply in our hearts so that we may accept your correction. Ps 90:12 TPT
*If you would like to delve a little more deeply into the power of intentional remembering by making lists, check out the fun book 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal.
6 thoughts on “100 Things to Remember”
Great list Susan!
Thanks so much!
Such a good reminder! I’m in my mid-forties and I have to write several list a day. 🙂
Really enjoyed your list, spoke to me!
It was fun to write!
Good and purposeful list..thanks for the reminder that making a list to remember everything that is part of my life, is a good thing to do.