Did you ever start one journey and end up somewhere completely foreign to where you thought you were headed? Whether a physical journey or a written one, it’s in the meanderings that some of the most interesting things can happen.
I will spare you the erratic turns in the road and present you with the main takeaway – the souvenir list from a day’s twist and turns.
You are no doubt familiar with the common “honey do” list. It’s a list of chores or errands requested in a certain tone, not demanded, certainly. It’s a sort of suggestion list, to be handled if one has the time, pretty please.
But I would like to present you with a “honey don’t” list. As I configured this list I kept hearing a voice, a gentle and kindly type of voice, speaking the words. What is that about? I decided to search for an online voice comparable to what I was hearing in my head.
After hours of meandering online, experimenting with text-to-speech programs, searching voice synthesizer software, I am no closer to finding a way to make this list sound like it is meant to sound. The closest I can find is this:
A Wonderful Voice – Kathryn Tucker Windham
So, with that voice in your ears, imagine yourself sitting on a shady porch on a hot day as you read your “honey don’t” list.
- Honey, don’t let others squelch your imagination.
- Honey, don’t be so quick to judge, sit with your opinion for awhile.
- Honey, don’t be so defensive—allow yourself to see the best intentions from others.
- Honey, don’t stop being playful. Explore new possibilities.
- Honey, don’t be rushed. Just take the time you need.
It’s that last one, #5 that has gotten me to this point. I began this journey with an abundance of time and now find that, having taken the time I needed, I can’t possibly give you a full accounting of the wonderful things and places I have discovered. But take these words, given with the best intentions, on your own journey. And take the time you need. Honey, don’t forget.