One of the best questions I’ve ever been asked is, “Where are your hands and feet?”
It sounds silly, really, but it’s one of the most profound things I’ve ever been asked.
I say I want to do this and that, meet this person and that. Accomplish this and that.
But when I ask myself where my hands and feet are, sometimes they’re not actually doing what I want to do or moving toward where I want to be.
So I can correct. No need for punishment or judgment, just a simple correction: put my hands and feet to work doing what I want to do.
But sometimes I am doing what I want to, as evidenced by my hands and feet. Here it is, ten weeks, and I’m still getting rid of junk.
Some of the things I’ve accomplished in the process:
- I have a gap on my bookshelf. Considering I didn’t want to even think about my books ten weeks ago, I’m a bit impressed with myself.
2. My closet is way, way more organized (not quite finished, but I still have many things to get rid of.)
3. I’ve started an organized medical file for taxes.
4. I’ve gotten rid of pizza coupons that have been on my fridge since April of 2014. Really.
Some things that have started happening (perhaps side-effects, but then again, I don’t like assigning causality):
- I pick things up more often. I have a tendency to leave coffee cups wherever I had coffee last. I can say with confidence (and yes, a little bit of joy) that the only coffee cup currently on my table–or scattered about the house–is the one I’m drinking from right now.
2. I’ve discovered I really like giving things away. While organizing a drawer, I came across several pairs of gloves–things I’ve never bought myself and yet somehow came to own. That very day at work someone was complaining about being very cold, so I found an opportunity to give them to someone I knew could use them. It’s not altruism so much as it is laziness–I still have this ingrained thing in me that I really don’t want to throw things away unless I have to, and yet I still really, really don’t want to give it to Goodwill. So I give away what I can to people I know, and by taking it, they’re doing me a favor. I only have 1/4 a box of stuff to go to Goodwill. Some of the stuff I could probably sell–movies and stuff, things in good condition. I could use the money, but that’s not how I want to make money. That idea of not being “how” I make money isn’t something I really can explain. It just feels wrong.
3. I’m reading more. I’m in a race to read all the books I have (and want to read) before buying any more. Oh, I’m also reading fewer books at a time, which does in fact streamline the process. I’m currently reading Eric Butterworth’s Spiritual Economics for 10 minutes in the morning, and currently, Bernie Sanders’s Outsider in the White House in the evening.
4. I’m adding another challenge–a gratitude challenge. Find one (different) thing every day that I’m grateful for, for a total of 7 a week. It’s as much about establishing a practice as it is to grow.
So anyway, the stuff:
- 1. Post-it pad
- 2. Water balloons
- 3. Angel candle holder
- 4. Love and Peace lunchbox
- 5. Small black bag
- 6. Red shirt
- 7. Orange shirt
- 8. Camera box
- 9. 2014 calendar
- 10. Broken dust pan
- 11. Movie: Mr. and Mrs. Smith
- 12. Movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth
- 13. Movie: Hannibal Lector Two Pack
- 14. Movie: An Officer and a Gentleman
- 15. Make Up bag
- 16. and 17. Nail Polishes
- 18. Mascara
- 19. Clearasil
- 20. Lipstick
- 21. Eye pencil
The make up stuff might very well be from when I was i my early 20’s. Some of it looks decidedly goth-y.
I actually filed/shredded 75 things this week, far above my requisite 21. Considering I had 15 separate things (and counting) on Enbrel, I’m not sure it’s much of an accomplishment.
But it’s something.