Streamlining: Vital Insights
In sorting through accumulated notes, books, journals, magazines, personal items, letters and cards, as well as CD’s – stored in boxes (from several moves and still unopened), drawers, and cabinets – the following reflections came to mind:
- Precious time: I do not have precious time to ponder over each accumulated item!
- Perfectionism: I must not be overly perfectionistic in my streamlining and organizing tasks.
- Wasting precious time: Remember that I am wasting my time and life in spending too much time in deliberating over trivial items!
- A timeless proverb: Don’t be “penny wise and pound foolish”!
- Always ask: How important is this? Why spend a lot of time making decisions about items that are non-consequential and will serve no-one?
- Serve others! Remember, I must use my time and talents for far more productive and creative ventures – and that will serve and benefit others – rather than to almost endlessly sort through old, accumulated items!
- Old letters: Realize that I cannot keep all the old letters from past friendships and acquaintances that I have collected and stored! Only keep those from meaningful relationships.
- Old letters: The problem is that I just don’t have the time to go back over old letters and to spend precious time re-reading them! I need to live in the present – not in the past. An exception would be letters with timeless principles and spirituality for enhancing life.
- Relationships: The person I knew 20 years ago is no longer the same person! (Even the cells of the body all change over time.) Nor am I the same person I was 20 years ago. Therefore, in relation to former relationships, from my experience, it may be better to “let sleeping dogs lie”.
- Energy levels: I don’t have the same energy levels that I used to have 20-30 years ago. Therefore, I must do only what is consequential and important – not to waste precious time on trivia that amounts to nothing!
- Past good karma: The good works I have performed – the positive karma – has been sent out into the universe, and will benefit me at a future time. Therefore, old letters or notes of personal encouragement may not need to be kept, unless they are personally very meaningful.
- Ask: Do I need this particular item? Or, is it of value and greater service to somebody else? If it is, then lovingly donate it. If it is not, then throw it out!
- Recognize the myth of passing on of old items: Remember that most people do not want 20+ year-old items and materials. This includes many magazines (unless again, the magazines are still truly meaningful). Therefore, to dispose of them may be the best action.
- Shortness of time: I simply do not have the luxury of time to go back over all the accumulated and hoarded items that I have set aside, and now to savour them all!
- A reality: Remember that during these many years these years I have not needed or missed our stored items! Therefore, it is not the best use of time to now spend energy on the stored items.
- Nearing 70 years of age: After 70 years of life, I can surely learn from my own experiences as to what is worthwhile and what is trivia – and so now I must quickly dispose of trivia!
- A strange truism: The only time I stop and pause over old items is when I am organizing and de-cluttering! It shows that many items were not that important after all – otherwise I would remember them.
- Heart question: Can I, in good conscience and faith, hold on to items that we are clearly not using – when there are people who are hurting and would value what we have?
- Preciousness of time: Realize just how precious our time is! End-of-life is certain – but the exact time is unknown. Therefore, be more ready.
- Serving others: Do my best to help others and engage in positive deeds – send out good energy into the universe and remember the irrefutable law of karma!
- Virtuous living: Devote all my time to virtuous acts – not waste my time on trivia!
- Think back and ahead: It’s now almost 19 years since my mother died; the time since then has slipped by quickly. Realize that I may well not have another 19 years ahead of me!! (Seventy years of age, plus nineteen years, brings me to the age of eighty-nine!)
Date: October 29, 2019 (during Diwali). Reflections by Alex and Eva.
(Revised March 6, 2020)