It’s probably true for more people than not, so I realize I’m not the only one to say there is only so much sifting through of things I can handle at once. It can be sifting through household papers, plans for the next couple of weeks, thoughts over a past event, or plotting out long-term goals – I hit a figurative wall and I need to stop sifting, examining, pondering. Usually I need to clean something. Or have a snack. Or watch an episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Not that sifting in and of its self a bad thing. I know I’m in a period right now where I need to take a hard look at some things, to figure out what is most important, useful, and necessary in order to discard those things which do not fit in those categories. Because as I’ve begun again to make my way through things in the house Jeff and I have called home for the past 15 years, I’ve been reminded of how liberating it is to let go of the unnecessary things. It’s good to clear the clutter, to pare things down, to have less to worry about.
I need to sift, to purge not only things in my house in terms of stuff. I also need to do it in terms of priorities, of how I use the time I have each day. What’s going to get me to where I want to be? What’s holding me back? What do I need to repurpose?
This is feeling like an ambiguous post. There are some specifics I am looking at, y’all. But I want to be careful of what and how and when I put things “out there”. Because sometimes it’s possible, I think, to talk a plan to death before it even has a chance to get out of the gate.
Sifting. It’s a necessary thing. But it’s not the only thing, either.