Time isn’t the most valuable thing I own. It’s the only thing I own.
I only want a minimal amount of clothing but if I were the sort of person that really cared about having a lot of clothes then I would have them and I wouldn’t consider them a waste of time.
People, activities, goals, dreams… All good things! Unless they are wasting my time and energy and then they have to go to make room for new and better things.
I’m not here to tell you WHAT to care about. I’m simply saying that I like to have things in my life that I care about and things that are making me a better person and I like to give up the rest and get on with my life.
Getting on with my life means…
Stop doing things that are getting me nowhere. Stop worrying about things I can’t change. It means having people in my life that really care about me. It means doing interesting things that make me feel like I am learning and making progress.
While I have given up a lot of things in the last five years, I have given up the most in the last year. Things I NEVER thought I would give up. It’s been really hard but as hard as it was it was so worth it. It has made room for all kinds of things that I never even considered or thought were possible. Life is amazing!
I was once teaching an organizing class where people were asking me how to organize this or that. One woman raised her hand and asked me an interesting question.
“What should I do about a box of unorganized photos in my basement?”
Notice she didn’t ask, “How should I organize my photos?”
So I replied, “What do you want to do about them?”
She said, “I want to leave them there and not worry about them anymore.”
I said, “Then do it. Leave them there, stop worrying about them and get on with your life.”
Another woman was so angered by my answer that her face got red, her hand shot up and she proceeded to tell me off. Apparently she wasn’t going to tolerate people having unorganized photos in their basements. She would probably have a lot less stress if she would stop worrying about other people’s photos and get on with her life. But she probably enjoys the stress and worry so she should stick with it.
If it makes you feel better then you have my permission to get rid of stuff that wastes your time, stop doing things that you don’t want to do, and get on with your life. You have my permission to ignore all those people who are telling you to do what they want you to do and to worry and stress about it if you’re not. Let them worry and stress. You have better things to do.