When we lived in the Temecula area, hubby helped out at the church we were attending at the time with their Celebrate Recovery program, which is similar to Alcoholic's Anonymous, except the higher power talked about at Celebrate Recovery is Jesus. John Baker and Rick Warren at Saddleback Church actually were the ones that started the program back in 1990. Its a 12 step program for working through addictions and being sober. He helped with the worship music before the program began.
The leader there had a saying, "the program works, if you work the program," of course meaning if you did the 12 steps and were consistent in doing so and by the power of Jesus in your life, you would be able to get sober and maintain sobriety from whatever your addiction.
I'm not mocking the program or his statement in any way during the rest of my blog post today, in fact I think it is a wonderful program and has much success in the sobriety of a majority of people.
But I often think of his comment "the program works if you work the program" in various aspects of our lives, especially lately as I age (gasp) and I can no longer keep the weekly shopping list in my head like I used to in my younger years.
Before a few years back, I could remember what I needed for recipes or other things we needed in the house. Lately though, if it is not written down, even despite the best intention, I will forget it. Even talking over with hubby that we need this or that, we still both forget it, if it is not written on the list.
One of the stores here has special values if you sign up for them, the Vons Just4U program, which I did sign up for. I have to go in weekly to their specials and put the specials I want on the card and then I print out the list to take when we go shopping. From that piece of paper, I create the shopping list of other things we need.
We tend to go to three stores in our shopping outings, Sprouts for produce, Wal-Mart since it has the cheaper prices overall on house products, etc., and Vons for their specials. The stores are located in close proximity to each other so we make a loop.
I fold my list of paper in fourths, one side I write down the menus for the week. On another, the list for Sprouts, another side the list for Wal-Mart, and lastly the list for Vons.
Armed with hubby's pen when we get to each store, we get what we need, mark off the item from the list and move on. Grocery shopping from start to finish takes about 1-1/2 to 2 hours, that includes driving to the stores, shopping, driving home and unpacking.
If I do forget something from the store, usually out of hubby's mouth will be "was it on the list?" or vice versa if he forgets something I'll say "it wasn't on the list."
We usually go shopping Friday afternoons. So today this morning, I remembered Koda needed dog cookies, so I wrote it on the list (because if I don't, I won't remember, I've learned). I ask hubby if he needs anything that he wants me to put on the list. Wisely, he said "mouthwash". He's forgotten items in the past because they weren't on the list.
The list works, if you work the list.
Do you need a shopping list when you shop?