Turn Bucket Lists into Living Lists

It’s been difficult week in my family. Right before Easter, my dear mother-in-law, Avis, had a very significant stroke, and has suffered major disabilities as a result. She remains hospitalized in the neurological ward. We are hoping for improvement, and praying there’s no re-occurrence.
But this week has certainly underscored for me personally, yet again, that you just never know what life will throw at you, and how much time you have to do the things you want to do,
and see the places you

want to see. I’ve had some clients face unfortunate events lately too (including one lady calling me from an emergency room to cancel a cruise she’d planned with her mom, and another lady relaying the ordeal of her son’s skiing accident and brain bleed),
We all talk about bucket lists, and things we want to do, and places we want to see before we die. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson movie as much as anyone. But I think it’s time to turn that expression on it’s ear. I’ve heard my friend, Helen Nodland, at Virtuoso rename it a “LIVING list.” And that seems pretty powerful to me. Let’s set goals and write lists, sure – but, let’s just start crossing things off NOW, and focus on living it. Because you just never know.


You should be building memories with your children while you have them with you.  And watch this video about time, and the need to make the most of it together.
“Time for a holiday?”

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Sheila Gallant-Halloran