Sunday, January 03, 2010


The spoiled brat has left the house. At least for now.

I've learned a few things, however. My life - our lives - are full of junk. Full of clutter. Our first concern is not "how do I feed my children today," it's more like, "how do I get my kids in the right preschool and doing the right extracurriculars so that they can get into the right college and graduate with the necessary honors." Not that I'm saying this is a bad thing, it's just our grass roots concerns are not the bare necessities. And that leads to clutter.

We are also crowded with books and television programs that tell us what we do is wrong. Disciplining this way or that way is bad for your child's self esteem. Your kids don't eat enough veggies. All children should be reading Tolstoy by kindergarten. You're too fat. You're too thin. You watch too much TV. Your house is not clean enough. Buy this washer and dryer - it's what you need to be happy. You need flu shots to stay alive. Your house is full of bacteria. The Planet is dying and it's your fault - you exhale too much carbon dioxide. Pay us money and you can continue to breath. On and on and on and on.

See? Clutter.

Two days ago, on the first day of this 2010, I was in need of a defibrillator for the year. I needed something to get me going. Yesterday I found it. 2010 will be the year for removing the disarray by purging the physical, spiritual and mental clutter. It's time to get down to the basics and embrace what is really important:

Food. Water. Shelter. Family. Friends. Jesus.
(Running, skiing, blogging, and biking... hehehe)

This is an elderly gentleman who lived outside our hotel in India.
Yes... that is where he lives.


Rae Lynne said...

I too would like to release more clutter. I think I'll make that a focus for this year too. It might come in handy since we'll be moving to Wyoming in the summer.

Lars said...

Loved. This. Hopefully my period placement matches my diction. If only you "knew" me. I felt more from reading your blog at church than I did during "Open Mic" is that sad?

Thanks for helping me realize I need to work on some things, good thing I have 362 days to so...

The MacMizzles said...

What a great post.

Ryan said...

a certain (rumored jealous) someone is gonna be mega pissed with their list placement. mega. pissed. just sayin'.

's'kiddin' o'course.

happy purging!
any near-term goals for which you need to be held particularly accountable?