Each day during this month, I’m participating in a movement called #reverb10. The purpose is to reflect on 2010 and to set intentions for 2011. In response to a daily prompt, bloggers, photographers, poets, videographers and others create work which is shared within the context of the larger #reverb10 community. I’ve really been enjoying this dynamic phenomenon, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my other posts in the series. Here’s today’s prompt:
December 11 – 11 Things: What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)
- Paper. May not be able to eliminate completely, but I can substantially reduce the amount that is around the house.
- Time wasters: people, proposals, and projects that demand my attention and take more than they give.
- Email updates from organizations I’m no longer interested in.
- Tangeants — unless they look fun.
- Activities, objects, and relationships that do not contribute to my sense of well-being, wholeness, and happiness: social, spiritual, financial, physical, emotional, intellectual, professional, personal, recreational.
How will getting rid of stuff change my life? This I know well. You have to create space, make room, for new things to flow in. A plant must be pruned to enable future healthy growth. For eliminating objects, my standard will be to keep only those things that are beautiful, meaningful, or useful. Relationships and activities are a bit harder. I think at some level, there must be mutual benefit. Not just an even trade-off, but real, felt benefit.
Moshe Feldenkrais called unconscious patterns of muscular contraction “parasitic actions.” Parasitic actions make us work against ourselves, and bringing them into conscious awareness can make life qualitatively better. Items 1-11 are parasitic influencers in my life, draining attention, vitality, and effectiveness. Noticing, clear intention, and intelligent action are the key elements necessary to create progress.