I have reached the age where I often walk into a room and tell myself that I know I came in here for something. When I can't remember what it was, I have to go back to where I started and see if I can kick-start the old random access memory.
Just yesterday I was stacking wood in the yard and thought, "This would go a whole lot more easily if I had some music to keep me motivated. So I went up to the garage, walked in (right past the radio I keep on a shelf by the entrance) and stood for a full 30 seconds at my workbench looking at the tools and containers of nails. Nothing on that wall seemed to inspire me, so I walked back out of the garage and asked myself what it was I had come there for. That's when the word, "music" came back to mind.
I've been thinking what I really need to do is leave post-it notes around the house in critical spots:
By the front door: "The keys are in your coat pocket"
On the kitchen counter: "You took your pills this morning. Don't do it again."
On the table where I eat breakfast: "Call your mother."
Next to the coffee maker: "Don't forget to put water in before brewing."
Things like that might actually help me get through the day better. I don't forget the really big things. I always show up for appointments on time and in the right location. But it is the more automatic stuff -- the little repetitions of life -- I usually forget.
Psalm 103 is a wonderful series of post-it notes to well-meaning, but slightly addled people of faith. I'm going to stick them in places where they'll do the most good:
At the top of the stairs, before I see anyone this morning: "Bless the Lord, O my soul"
Next to my checkbook and on places where I keep my money: "forget not all his benefits"
On the bathroom mirror: "who forgives all your iniquity"
On the shelf where I keep my pills: "who heals all your diseases"
On my computer, before I begin work: "who redeems your life from the pit"
Near pictures of my family: "who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy"
On the TV; the computer; the refrigerator; the liquor cabinet (in short, any place I might be tempted to try and fill up the empty places: "who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's"
On every exit to my house, on the door to my car, and on the mailbox: "Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
Have a blessed Lord's Day today.