If you don’t already know who David Sedaris is, you should. He’s a great writer, that’s why — moreover, he’s a fabulous performer of his writings.
His most recent book is least like his prior books. For those new to his writing, it’s easier to start with any of his older books. His recent, “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002),” is his most personal and darkest.
Regardless of whether you hate him or never read a single sentence of his, he’s a mega-publishing success.
With that held in your mind, dwell upon the fact that many years ago, when he was very young and very depressed, he wrote up …
A L i s t
Years later, he’d gotten every single thing on it and more!
David Sedaris’ 10 Reasons to Live
- Family beach trip
- Writing a published book
- Seeing my name in a magazine
- Watching ‘C’ grow bald
- (This one I couldn’t figure out what he was saying)
- Seeing Amy (his actress sister) on tv
- Other people’s books
- Outliving my enemies
- Being interviewed by Terry Gross (host and co-executive producer of the hugely popular National Public Radio show, “Fresh Air”)
Me? My lists tend to be daily ‘to do’ ones. Often I have to shake myself and look at the bigger of what I’m trying to achieve. Once I do, though, my life seems to track better. With a good optimistic overview of where I hope to go, work doesn’t seem as much like work and patience comes more easily.
What’s worked for you? Do you keep lists?