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Week 27 – Nora Ephron’s List: What would you miss?


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Topic of the Week

Nora Ephron’s List

As many of you know, the creative genius, Nora Ephron died last week after a long illness.  Nora was responsible for such wonderful films as Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, and her latest movie, Julie & Julia.

While reading about Nora’s vast, accomplished career, I came across an excerpt from her most recent book, I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections.  The excerpt made me stop and think about my life.  It was a list of what she would and would not miss.  It’s the “What I Will Miss” list that inspired this week’s newsletter.  Have a look:


My kids





The concept of waffles


A walk in the park

The idea of a walk in the park

The park

Shakespeare in the Park

The bed

Reading in bed



The view out the window

Twinkle lights


Dinner at home just the two of us

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives


Next year in Istanbul

Pride and Prejudice

The Christmas tree

Thanksgiving dinner

One for the table

The dogwood

Taking a bath

Coming over the bridge to Manhattan


As I read through Nora’s list, I thought about the little things that bring me joy that I’d miss – the things that often go unnamed as important.  Things like a bird’s nest under construction that captures my attention each morning while I enjoy a cup of tea.  The way my cat Poupon covers his eyes with his paw when he naps, making me smile every time, regardless of how many times I see him do it.  Or, trees billowing in my backyard like soft sheets on a clothesline when a strong breeze blows.  And, of course, the beautiful, nuanced moments that occur when I connect with others.

I wonder what you’d miss?

And I wonder something else:  I wonder why we give so much attention to things that are not on the list.

Just something to think about today…

Take Action Challenge

Make a list of at least twenty things you’d miss if you were no longer here.  Look for the teeny, tiny details that bring meaning and joy.  It’s where you’ll find what matters most.

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