I've been in the process of simplifying my life and as such cleaning out - and throwing away - all those useless old things that seem to accumulate. This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I glanced over at box of stuff to be thrown out sitting by the door of my home office. The top of the stack was a computer magazine from 6 years ago. Why on earth was this still taking up my space?
Momentarily paralyzed by the notion that the magazine represented not only the physical items we hold on to, but the mental ones as well, I started wondering what I'm holding on to in the rest of my life that no longer deserves the space I'm giving it.
I wrote in a comment somewhere once that knowledge was a means and not an end. It is useless unless there is outlet for its use. But I seem to be obsessed with acquiring more of it. Why?
There was a great quote I read once: A student asked his Buddhist teacher, "what books should I read". The teacher replied, "the ones that prevent you from having to read all the others."
Sage advice indeed.
Anyway, how often do we truly question those things in our life that take up space? Also, before we "store" something, do we ever ask ourselves how much space it deserves?
What about scheduled Garbage Days - scheduled times that we focus on removing those "things" taking up space that are no longer worthwhile or valid? What are you holding on to - personally, professionally, organizationally - that no longer deserves the space you're giving it?