It's important that Katherine knows what she
wants--how many of us have actually sat down, thought this
concept through, and come up with a list that says
"This is what I want. . . and nothing
more"? How simple would life become with such a
list in hand? How easy would it be to make decisions
once we've considered what we really want out of our
experiences here during our lifetimes?
Of course, we could quibble all day long about the
contents of such a list. Looking at Katherine's
list, I would immediately say that I'd have to have the
words "to love" in there somewhere. But
this is her list, not mine, and she may see the love there
in another one of her words, like "to act" or
"to feel." The words themselves aren't so
important, and it's not necessary for us to share our
lists with others--the most important thing we can do is
simply to come up with such a list and to start to live
according to that list.
I imagine that such a list would be under constant
revision. If you made such a list and included
something like "to become debt-free," then you'd
have to change that item once it comes to pass, perhaps to
"live debt-free." And right now I may find
it very important to focus on my job, whereas five years
from now there may be other elements of my life, such as
new relationships or new children, that become more
pressing than the work that I do.
Katherine says "that is what I must try for,"
which is also important. She doesn't say these
things are what she must accomplish, just that she must
try. And after all, isn't that what life is
about: deciding what is best for us and then doing
our best at it, succeed or fail? It's the trying
that develops us and helps us to become the people we are,
and it's important that we never lose the chance to
continue trying. And it would be great to have a
list to guide us as we do so.