I’ve heard of to-do lists for years, but never thought much about them. Several years before Dad graduated to heaven, he said one of the last things on his to-do list was to take a hot air balloon ride. I could be wrong, but I don’t think he made that trip.
So, what could be on my to-do list?
The term bucket list was popularized by a movie of the same name starring actors Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It was published in 2007. The phrase bucket list comes from the expression “to kick the bucket”, which is a figure of speech meaning “to die”. A lot of people heard of the term before this movie came out, but the movie made it popular.
But what is a bucket? The original term was probably bucker.
Dating back to the early 1700s, the word beam refers to the crossbar from the ends of which the scales of a balance hang, and the literal meaning of the phrase is that a scale is so lightly loaded that it flies off and hits the beam. In merry old England the beam or crossbar was called a bucker and eventually people started calling it a bucket. Why? Maybe some clumsy person made the “r” look like a “t” and no one caught the error? I do not know.
So where did we get the phrase, to kick the bucket?
In England, when pigs were to be killed, they were hung by their hind legs with a rope attached to a pulley on the bucker, or bucket, and the oxen walked a few yards pulling the rope to hoist the pig.
The pig began to scream and kick fiercely, and as it reached the crossbar, its feet kicked the crossbar, or bucker, or bucket, to which it was tied . Therefore, to kick the bucket is to hang from the bucket by the heels until it is dead. And in modern usage, kicking the bucket means dying.
We can now define the phrase bucket list.
Using today’s concept of a bucket that can hold anything from milk to sand, the phrase bucket list is used to describe the things a person wants to do or accomplish before they die.
People often create a to-do list as they approach retirement age, striving to make time to do some of the things they may have put off in their youth due to commitments. professional or family. While it has become common for retirees to pursue their dreams, an increasing number of them end up in hospital with serious injuries from these activities or escapades. Be careful, people.
Now for the big question: what’s on my to-do list?
I’m not inclined to wishful thinking, which makes things difficult. I did everything I ever wanted to do. Maybe not to the degree I had aspired to, but I achieved my basic goals. I will continue to do what I love to do: write, format books, visit children and grandchildren, teach from the Bible, help people understand life.
I did not live an empty life. Instead, my life is full and overflowing, but several friends and relatives kept asking me. So what do I want to do before I graduate in heaven?
The first element is: Keep enjoying life and creating new memories with my Precious Carol.
Second, I want to finish the book on Abraham and Melchizedek that I have been working on since 1980.
Several of my grandchildren and I have a book to write together.
I would like to learn to play the baritone. I’ve had one for years, but now it’s time to take it out.
I would like to learn to play the tuba. I don’t have one yet, but Brandon from the Said (pronounced Sāde) Music Company in Tulsa, Okla., said he would help me get one for a decent price. However, an authoritative person told me that I had to master the baritone first. (I told Carol I’ll get to it.)
Three more books are on the drawing board, and I probably need to finish them.
So where I said earlier that “my life is full and overflowing” I might need a bigger bucker – I mean a bucket – to hold whatever I’m trying to do .
Good dear readers, it’s your turn. Have you stopped thinking about it? What’s on your to-do list?
— S. Eugene Linzey is an author, mentor and speaker. Send your comments and questions to [email protected] Visit his website at www.genelinzey.com. The opinions expressed are those of the author.