Monday Mitzvahs: Bucket List

Things To Do by hjhipster CC BY-NC 2.0 Flickr
Things To Do by hjhipster
CC BY-NC 2.0 Flickr

I love the movie, The Bucket List.  You know the one with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nickelson.  Their characters meet in the hospital where they are both being treated for incurable illness.  They decide to make a list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.  If you haven’t seen it, repent and put it in Netflix queue or run over to Redbox or whatever,

Of course, the idea of bucket lists did not originate with this movie, people have been making bucket lists probably as long as there have been buckets.  Who knows, right?  But did you know there is a website specifically to help people track, and share their bucket lists?  I didn’t either.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m thinking about it.  It looks fun–not only can you share your list, but you can see what other people are doing and be inspired by their accomplishments.  Here it is: Bucketlist Track and Achieve Your Life Goals.

And would you further be amazed to learn that there are “bucket list bloggers”.  Yes, people who blog about their experiences accomplishing the items on their lists.  Wowzer.  Where have I been while all this was happening?  Annette at Bucket List Journey has a wonderful list of 47 Inspiring Bucket Lists for You to Stalk

It is understandable.  Self-help resources, too many to count, tell us that in order to achieve our dreams we need to set goals, and write them down.  A bucket list is a good start.

For our mitzvah idea today, I want to share a really cool idea from fellow blogger, Christine, who has a list of Kind Acts & Volunteering.  How cool is that?  What a great idea.  Totally inspired by this, I started my own mitzvah list.  For inspiration I looked at Christine’s list and poked around the net a bit . . .

Here’s what I have so far:

1 volunteer at a nursing home

2 volunteer at a soup kitchen

3 leave $5 where a kid will find it

4 leave flowers on a strangers doorstep

5 write letters to five people who have influenced me

6 send my compliments to a chef

7 volunteer for a non-profit

8 make someone breakfast in bed

9 feed someone’s parking meter that’s about to expire

10 open a phone book and send something to a stranger

12 bake something for someone

13 help with the meal after a funeral

14 donate magazines to a hospital or doctor’s office

15 knit fingerless gloves for Mitts of Steal

That’s just a beginning.  I would like to make this list longer . . . 100 items?  I’ll have to ponder that.  Any suggestions? And what about you?  Are you inspired to make a mitzvah list?   If you do, you might find some inspiration at another favorite new blog of mine:  Kindness Blog

Just think, we could all be like Santa–making a list, checking it twice . . .

Photo Attribution: Things To Do


  1. I once read Random Acts of Kindness and one of their ideas, that I did was pay for the people behind me in a fast food pick up line. The girl at the window was kind of slow on the uptake, but once she realized what I wanted to do entered into the spirit. Seeing her get the spirit was a reward. Which of course isn’t the idea, I didn’t need one at that moment. Other than that I really don’t have a bucket list in the sense of seeing sights, new countries, etc. My list is more personal, trying to set things right with family members, trying to improve spiritually. A man I admire, Russell M. Nelson said once, “Demand improvement.” I think that is an idea I could use more often instead of castigating myself without kindness.
    Thanks for the ideas as always, Leslie. You are tops.

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