Your Life is Unfinished

Life is only incomplete and unfinished business. Your life is unfinished. My life is unfinished. Everyone’s life is incomplete. I was thinking this because I was mentally checking my list of things I wanted to do. But it will never be finished. I can take this as frustrating or I can think of it as liberating.

Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions. According to a 2011 study, on a typical day, we take in the equivalent of about 174 newspapers’ worth of information, five times as much as we did in 1986. As the world’s 21,274 television stations produce some 85,000 hours of original programming every day (by 2003 figures), we watch an average of five hours of television per day. For every hour of YouTube video you watch, there are 5,999 hours of new video just posted! – Hit the Reset Button in Your Life

To keep myself from panic, I made a list of things I wanted to keep or add to my life and things I wanted to remove or keep away from my life. After reviewing this list I realized the keepers were already there. I have family, job, love, health, books, and all the other goodies that I’d listed. So for now, this minute, my life is good. But the next time I feel anxiety over my unfinished stuff, I want to remember that all of our lives are under construction. That’s the nature of the game of life. It’s messy and incomplete.

…no answer is a complete or final one. And I think that there’s so many times when we thought we understood something and then we realized we were totally wrong. I think that it’s chutzpah to think that we know all the answers or that we’ve understood something perfectly. – Adele Diamond


We live the life of an unfinished novel, still waiting to be written. Depending on how we live, the longer the chapters. Depending on how interesting we are, the more we appeal to others. We’re often judged by our covers. Sometimes, some people decide to just quit reading us. We’re just forgotten until someone finds us. Our characters can develop throughout the novel, but our chapters can never be edited.
– Unknown


  1. why yes Madelyn, this post was exactly for you…cough cough. As my grams always said, your eyes are bigger than your stomach. I get way too much going. But you’ve had a rough time of it lately. Grab a magazine and have your nails done if you can. You’ll get through this. Thanks girl, will do on the link.


  2. BOY did I need this reminder today!

    Since I now have now “lost” working email and working phone, I was starting to feel like the ONLY “chronically unfinished” life, apt., chores list, etc. in the world and that things were “unfinishing” faster than I could put them back together — which, of course, made me feel like I was a total hypocrite on my blog, and that I needed to just give up and go find a nice cardboard box NOW and start searching for a bridge with space underneath it (AH YES! a free tour of the ADD mind at work)

    Calmer now, thanks to you.

    Almost 6K hours of YouTube posted per hour? That’s daunting. I suspect that “for every good blog article you want to read another 6,000 are posted every hour” too — and many of THOSE turn out to be an utter waste of time! (never THIS one, of course)

    I always love your stuff (topics, point of view AND writing) — once the current nonsense resolves I will be getting over here to read more often (if the crik don’t rise AGAIN that is!)

    As soon as the bank does whatever it is they need to do to “fix” my card (address does not match “records” — whatever THAT means) I’m buying your book. Right now I can’t buy ANYTHING that needs to be shipped or emailed, and I haven’t run across the box with the kindle charger yet. (I didn’t pack it or it would have been WITH the kindle!)

    GREAT title, btw – did you write it for me personally?
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    PS – put a link to your book on any of my posts that apply, front-ended with something on the order of “mgh wanted me to let you know that this will help too”. (Only ONE link (or you’ll get auto-spammed. I no longer have the time to dig through the garbage to unspam!

    I’d also be happy to host an “excerpt” kind of article too – but have no time to write one, so you’d have to do the work.


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