The 52 Lists (for Happiness) Project #18



List the things about yourself that you don’t need to change:

Well, if I took out the word “don’t,” I’d have a very long list at the ready! As it is, it’s a much more difficult question.

  • I don’t have to change my work ethic. Though it is masked by my procrastination and lackadaisical attitude, I actually have a very good work ethic. I credit my father for that.
  • My intelligence. There are still a million things I don’t know, and hundreds of things I would like to learn, but I am fortunate to be fairly smart, and able to learn many things easily.
  • My ability to look at things from both sides, in a fair and open-minded manner.
  • My niceness. Though I certainly have my moments, generally I am a very nice person, kind, thoughtful, and easy to get along with.
  • My talent for telling a story.
  • My ability to add or subtract long strings of numbers, to do multiplication or long division, all quickly, accurately, and without a calculator.
  • My love for my family. Because I couldn’t possibly love them any better than I do already.
  • The way I treat my dogs. As I – with infinite patience – get up for the sixth time in five minutes to let one of them in or out, calmly saying, “Come in,” or advising, “Be careful out there,” I often think, “I WISH I’d had this much patience twenty-five years ago, when I was raising my girls!”


About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

4 responses »

  1. This made me happy to read this morning. What you don’t want to change about yourself. What if we could just embrace ourselves fully as we are? That wouldn’t necessarily mean we wouldn’t see more effective ways of action but think of how we wouldn’t be beating ourselves up so much!

    • Thank you, Kathy! I agree, we could all do better at accepting ourselves, and appreciating our assets. I just spent a week with four beautiful women, and it’s amazing how often the conversation turned to one flaw or another. We can all easily be masterful at seeing our shortcomings…if only we would cultivate the same awareness of our beauty! Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments!

  2. What a great idea for a list post, and what terrific responses you’ve given, Cindy. Your replies paint a clear picture of you, some of which I was aware of from your other posts, and some I didn’t know. Such as, I didn’t know your math skills. They must have come in handy and been nicely honed in your various jobs.
    I remember that you are celebrating with your daughters today. Enjoy every second, Cindy.

    • As I never liked math, I attribute my skill in that area to more than 20 years of waiting table before calculators were widely available for restaurant use. Thank you for your comments, Karen!

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