On Lists

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

I love lists.

We encounter lists almost every day. An individual item on a list can be a word, a phrase or a sentence that when standing alone conveys little besides its descriptive meaning.

Orange: a type of fruit.

A list, however, expresses a different idea.

Orange, Toilet Paper, Milk, Eggs: grocery list.

Grocery list also implies action of going to the store, without using a single verb.

Besides, items in a list are usually filtered, condensed, and hence, should be paid equal attention to.

A list can also be ordered by importance or urgency.

I came across a great list today: “10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings”. My favorite is:

“Presence is far more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity. Ours is a culture that measures our worth as human beings by our efficiency, our earnings, our ability to perform this or that. The cult of productivity has its place, but worshipping at its altar daily robs us of the very capacity for joy and wonder that makes life worth living — for, as “Annie Dillard memorably put it”, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

Other great lists are: