“I can only do three big things in a year. That’s it. Just three.”—Donald Miller
“It’s okay to quit… My friend Bob Goff tries to quit something every Thursday. Most of the time it’s small stuff, like biting his nails and stuff. But sometimes it’s big stuff. He’s actually resigned from Boards because it was a Thursday.”—Donald Miller, Author, Speaker. See five good life upgrade tips from Donald Miller in this PDF, Start Life Over.
The life upgrade that I have been working on for quite some time now is Quitting Stuff. This is really hard for me. I aspire to be Lazy. I fall short every day. That is to say, that I really do work a lot.
Last week I went online to make sure that I had been officially removed from the Board of a non-profit organization that I had been with for about 7 years. I hadn’t been doing much in terms of real work, but I’m happy to announce that it’s officially off my to do list. And, I’ll say here that truly, I wish I could work with them again, but that is not for this season of my life. Even writing this little blog is pushing my newfound Boundaries. Let’s deal with that later.
Next up, another non-profit, this time a local one. I really am doing a lot of work for them. But, I am now officially in conversation to address my succession plan. And, again, I wish I could work with them more, but as I have been slowly getting it through my thick skull about what my priorities really are, and why I don’t have time for the extras, I am letting things “fall away.” A.K.A. purging.
I also went on Craigslist this week and now have people lined up to come and take away 5 large boxes of stuff from my basement—it’s a nice chunk from our home decluttering project, which is one of my top “3 Things.”
Which comes first, purging your home clutter, or your to do list? I find that practicing often the action of letting something go helps you slacken the muscles that you need to relax every time you let something go. In other words, if you don’t know where to start, get rid of something that is not giving you joy. Thank it for it’s time of service in your life. Or, thank it for teaching you that you do not need it. Thank it for something, as this act of Gratitude is important to allow the thing to really fly away free. Then, your grip loosens and it lets go of you. If you feel that home clutter is one of your big problems, then I would recommend taking some time to read the life changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo, developer of the KonMari method.
Maybe I’ll blog about some thoughts on the 3 Things, soon. I hope some people will be inspired to go on their own journey to declutter their life. Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!