Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ralph The Collector

I collect stuff. I collect logo balls from the various golf courses I have played. I collect wine corks with the hopes of making something out of them someday.

But, mostly I collect lists. I have a list of stories I want to write, a list of books I want to publish, a list of places I want to visit, a list of bumper stickers I like, and a list of quotes I have heard or read that mean something.

This comes from my list of quotes. The old I get, the truer it becomes.

“Is what I am doing today important? I hope so because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.” Author Unknown


Blogger Fred said...

I like lists, too. I even have a label on my blog - "lists." I need to do a list posting soon.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Collecting I understand. I have been doing that most of my life. Now I'm in the process of un-collecting.
This means a huge yard sale. My girls and I are planning one in August and all the proceeds will go in the fund for our September vacation.

I love that quote and thinking about it makes me glad I did what I did today. My two sisters and I went to the beach for a walk. Time with loved ones is never a waste, but a treasure.

6:34 PM  
Blogger bobbie said...

I'd say that's a darned good one, Ralph.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I don't enjoy lists, but I do enjoy quotes. On one hand I really like the one you've posted. It's deeply profound and inspiring. On the other hand, I feel like a naughty child as I think of the misspent days. *G*

11:11 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I LOVE that quote. Somehow it reminded me of "Hoka Hey!" A Lakota saying that means - Today is a good day to die... which means, to me, live today as if it were your last - live in peace, love and harmony with the world. Ya can't get better than that!

1:10 PM  
Blogger nora said...

When I first read the quote, it smarted a little bit. I took today off from work and have done nothing but nap, read, write and do intermittent housework. None of that felt very important.

Then I realized that down time, reconnecting with myself- and not getting dressed all day was worth the day I'm exchanging.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Miki said...

Lists=good! I make lists all of the time, it gives me a sense of accomplishment to cross things off......ok, ok, who am I kidding, it helps me to remember what I did and what still needs to be done!

4:48 AM  
Blogger EV said...

"In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them." - Sun Tzu

Great quote, Ralph. Lists are a mandatory management tool; but, I've fallen short. I don't have a list of my lists.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

That is a great quote Ralph. Makes you think!

Wine corks, huh? Shall we all send you our wine corks? You could make things sooner!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Great quote Ralph. sobering.
Yeah, I'm with Rachel. Lets all get together and send corks to Ralph. After they have a houseful we'll find out where Char wants to put them.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Marla said...

I collect a few things myself. I have many lists of things to do, things I want to do. I wish I could actually get to some of those things on the list.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

That quote sounds like something on Rachel's church signs...lol. I am sure Marilyn doesn't want any more corks...

10:34 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

OOPS, I meant Char! I keep getting your wives mixed up.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Yep, that's a goodie.

I am a list maker. I don't keep lists of things like you do, but I make lists. I would not know what to do in Walmart without a list in my hand. I'd just wander around aimlessly with no purpose or direction. The list makes all the difference.


8:28 PM  

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