Lists, Lists, Lists (Prompt 5)


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“The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order.” Umberto Eco

Whether To Do or Bucket, whatever you prefer calling the exercise of list making, we are a people of many lists. We make lists for the grocery store, and for our day. Some of us love them and live by them, others abhor them, but I bet most of us use them in one capacity or another.

Prompt 5:

Today’s Prompt is to go at it and make a list of things you’d like to try, do or learn. List as many things you can think of, even if the possibility seems unlikely. Make it like a Bucket List on Steroids. Write every single thing that pops into your head and don’t discriminate. Just list those ideas as they come.

*Feel free to respond with images from magazines or sketches if you feel inspired to do so. Or add them after you have made your list.


Read the quote below and journal your own thoughtful response to Mr. Eco’s assertion:

“We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die.” Umberto Eco




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Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

8 thoughts on “Lists, Lists, Lists (Prompt 5)

  1. I’m really enjoying yoru prompts, Dawn! List making takes me way back to when I was in school, and I didn’t know they were called TO DO lists back then. But they are such convenient ways of keeping track. Of course, you can list life as well (and even book of lists now exist…..well, topics, and then you write in your own items. I think you now Kay Adams’s work and have read Journal to the Self, right? Anyway, she encourages you to make lists of 100, because if you keep going, after awhile, even when you think you may be or are repeating, you begin to dredge up thoughts and ideas you never knew you were thinking. They are really fun to do, and you can even take items in one list and spin off by making them the topics of new lists. And as you know, in my book, I talk about lists of lament. But you can also of course make lists of favorite things, things to do and try and dream, such as you suggest here. I personally think lists are biblical too. You see them in the Bible! You will have to list 100 things you want to teach about journaling! Thanks for all your inspiration! I am keeping my list for summer very short, so I can focus. I can really get scattered, and lists can help pin me down a bit.


    1. Hi Lynn! Glad you are enjoying them! I am so excited about this journey…and so glad that the posts are done already as it is a hectic time! I like the short summer list…and I get the scattered-ness , believe me! I will be sharing a list I came across while rummaging through my old planners and journals (sound familiar?) for the RJD share! And check your e-mail.


    1. Thanks, Ashley- I love seeing your stuff on Instagram! I am VERY behind in Blog Visits…please give me grace, and know I miss you and will get by soon! Hugs! I am glad you like the prompts!


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