Here is my core list; those "things that I really care about, core things, regardless of what other people think." But I worry more about whether or not these things are being lived out in my life regardless of my own influence. "For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do...For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." While it's true that we are all influenced by others (and often unaware of it), sometimes I'm my own worst enemy. Nonetheless, I aspire to be someone who is:
living this list out loud - just for the joy of it.
building my husband up, not tearing him down
parenting with excellence
helping the pipsqueaks obtain a good education
reading to expand my mind, not just fill it
using our resources wisely
being kind to others
riding my bicycle more often
drawing a little every day
being a witness to truth
making our house "homey"
being the kind of friend I would like to have
living a life of integrity
not ignoring the here and now for possibilities
not ignoring eternity for the here and now
living a life of love
laughing my head off more frequently
thinking with clarity
refusing to "play in a puddle when I could be swimming in the ocean"
smiling at strangers
learning something worthwhile every day
observing my world more closely
listening more closely
hugging my children more often
What's your core list like?