One Question at a Time


When’s the last time you did one thing at a time?

What if you could fit your whole to-do list on a little white board on the fridge? What would it say? What things would fall away?

What makes your bones ache with loneliness?

Can you recall a time when you actually felt like you could burst with joy?

When do you feel powerless?

What small things do you put off that become big things because you carry them around in your head all the time?

What do you tell others that you long to hear yourself?

What other questions are asking themselves in your life today?

Pick one. Just one. Turn it over in your hand.

What do you see? What do you hear?

What do you know to be true?

8 thoughts on “One Question at a Time

  1. Lucille says:

    The universe is speaking to me today….This post…Dang!!! I am home sick — got sick Friday, mellowed out on Sat/Sun, and today, I’m just down, you know, milking it a tad, decided not to go into work, maybe the next couple of days—-I need it, I am drained, tired, blah blah blah—just spent a bit of time reading old “Do Less” posts on Magpie Girl and feeling it, just feeling it…and she had mentioned you and I said, oh let me go see what is here, and shoot, it’s like you nailed it perfectly. I’m in a rut and these questions, whoa boy…don’t make me cry!

    …but thank you too. :-)


  2. Lucille says:

    Like that first question—when’s the last time you did one thing at a time? It’d be today, today I did nothing but one thing at a time: read a book, eat soup, watched an episode of “Yes to the Dress” (remember, I’m home sick in my PJs, morning TV, ha!). I even stood outside in the sun on the porch for about 10 minutes and just, you know, closed my eyes….

    ….but it took illness, and calling in sick, to give me that, what? That, permission? Tired….

    And I’m sure I have it way easier than most other people. I mean, even you have 2 children===I just have one.

    I don’t know why I’m babbling here!!! Ha ha….Sorry….!!!


  3. rowena says:

    Pretty sure the last time I did one thing at a time was before I had kids.

    But, I did make a kind of list today and it would have fit on a white board, and I have so far klicked off a couple of things on that list and it does, indeed make me feel better, more productive, and not quite so overwhelmed, even if nothing big is accomplished and I haven’t seen the end of any of the projects yet.

    And it is when I carry the unwritten todo list, the weight of all the fears and overwhelm and the unknown future and the unseen failures… that’s when I get all wrapped up and am unable to take even the smallest steps.

    And that’s when I have to start breaking everything down into small, specific, achievable white-board sized steps.

    Then I click little things off and all of a sudden the whole hugeness of the sky does not seem so much bigger than I am, or so unreachable. Because I am already a part of it.

    And then I start commenting in poetry. ;)


  4. Julie says:

    I love that Sit on couch is on her list of things to do.

    I should put it on my list. Some days it would make me feel like I accomplished something. Other days, it would make me sit and be still.



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