August 18, 2010
Here’s a little bit of evidence that I’m not perfect. I’ve never claimed to be, but I hope this puts you at ease. I spend a lot of time helping others organize their spaces, and their health, and I think that they assume I am compulsively neat and healthy. While the thought of sitting down at my desk in this state makes me anxious- it happens. Mess, disorganization, procrastination, missed work-outs, your to-do list exceeding the amount of to-do time, french fries, loss of control, laziness, indulgence, illness, fatigue, saying yes in excess, feeling overwhelmed and inadequate- it all happens.
I, like many of you, was raised to believe in the pursuit of perfection, and I, perhaps also like many of you, have given up on that pursuit- it was just too daunting. My new goal is to keep moving in a forward direction. I have a few general rules: 1. To keep things simple by living with less- less choice, less stuff, less spending, and less space, and 2. To spend less time wanting, and more time taking care of the things you have- your body, your livelihood, your home, your relationships, and your limited number of things.
Keep moving forward, knowing that small steps can be just as significant as big ones. I took ten minutes to tidy up my desk, and while I can’t say I felt ready to take on the world, I did feel ready to write my first blog entry.