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.
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)