12 Things – #resound11

What are 12 things your life doesn’t need in 2012?  How will you go about eliminating them?  How will getting rid of these 12 things change your life? (Props to original Author: Sam Davidson). If you did Reverb10, how are you making out on your 11 Things from last year? (reverb11)

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Take today to talk about 12 things you would like to accomplish in 2012. . . (#resound11)

Last year, I listed 11 things I could do without in 2011.  They were:

  1. Sugar.
  2. Clutter.
  3. Paper.
  4. Time wasters
  5. Discouragement.
  6. Fear.
  7. Bullshit.
  8. Email updates from organizations I’m no longer interested in.
  9. Worry.
  10. Tangeants — unless they look fun.
  11. 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.
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    How am I doing?  I’ve found they are all of the works-in-progress variety, and I believe each category has inspired major improvements in the past year.  I am more mindful and consciously choosing LESS in the sugar (including alcohol), clutter, paper, time wasters, discouragement, fear, bullshit, and unnecessary emails categories. Numbers 6 and 9 are constant battlegrounds, but I am aware sooner when I start getting myself all wound up about something.  I feel healthier and happier overall. This is still a good list for the coming year.

Number 11 was an area of major growth last year.  I pruned away a lot of my “social network” and relentless busyness in favor of quality relationships that actually had a mutual benefit.  I think number 11 is a good standard from which to operate in the coming year.  I may be more ruthless about it.  Those things that do not contribute to my sense of well-being are probably hold-overs from the other categories, especially numbers 4 and 7.  I need to “calls ’em like I sees ’em” earlier, and more often.
What to add to the list for 2012?  Twelve is a rich symbolic number, signifying completeness and universality.  Into the vacuum created by all this doing less, the universe will rush.   More celebration, more travel, more quality, more learning, more collaboration, more harmony, more rest, more appreciation, more gratitude, more acceptance, more health, and more love.  Those are 12 things that will be a good foundation for the coming year.
[I am blogging daily (ish) during December as part of #reverb11 and #resound11.  Join us here.]
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