Changing for Someone – The List

To-Do? Done!

Quickly list five things you’d like to change in your life. Now, write a post about a day in your life once all five have been crossed off your to-do list.


“What do you want from me? I can change to make you happy. Just tell me.” he said desperately.

“I don’t want to change you,” she replied.

“Tell me,” he urged again, “What must I change?”

“Okay, since you really want to know, here’s a list.” she answered and handed him a sheet of paper.

“You’ve got a written list?” he asked surprised.

“Be sure to read the front and back,” she commanded. “I’ve numbered and outlined subheadings by major categories.”

He scanned the page for the major headings, then went back more slowly and reread the subheadings. Each item was numbered or lettered and followed by a short explanation. It followed a pattern of:

  • Problem
  • Desired Change
  • Acceptable Evidence of Change

There were underlined portions of some text. He pointed to one and raised an eyebrow at her.

“Hyperlinks,” she stated. “The full document is on my blog. This is just the index.”

He hung his head, got up from the table and turned to leave the restaurant. His own list of things to change began forming in his mind as he walked home.

  1. Change to a different online dating service
  2. Stop dating bloggers
  3. Stop posting the details of his dates on his own blog…

Writing Dorodango

On the popular TV show, Mythbusters, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman attempted to prove or disprove the myth:  “You can’t polish poop” (Episode 113: End with a Bang; Air Date: November 12, 2008). Using a variety of feces from the local zoo as source material, they tried different techniques in their attempt to buff the spheres to a high finish. After several failures, they found an outside expert who taught them a different approach that eventually worked. The dirt-polishing technique is called dorodango and is considered more than a craft, but a way to focus the mind and spirit, learn patience, and pursue perfection.

As an author and coach, I am always on the lookout for fresh ways to convey writing concepts and processes in an attempt to spark greater creative thinking. In my view, dorodango holds untapped potential for writing parallels and brings the added benefit of humor. Continue reading