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Out of our creation, we have lost control
Banished on a planet where dreams are bought and sold
Somewhere a computer observing how we are
Searching for the error in the system on this star
-Peter Schilling “Error in the System”
I’m writing this as fast as I can because my computer is failing fast.
I’ve kept this PC running for 7 years, but it and I both know its time has come. Glitches, 15-minute startup, memory fragmentation, a cursor that is as likely to move a file as open it.
So on Black Friday I’m going to do what every minimalist blog this week is telling you not to do – I’m going to purchase.
But I’m not shopping on Black Friday, I am purchasing on Black Friday. I started shopping months ago.
On Black Friday, we should absolutely be ensuring we don’t
make impulse buys
buy 3 for the price of 2 when we only wanted one
spend more than we have
buy based on the discount sign instead of the price tag
But every day of the year we should be looking for the deals. Being intentional means being careful.
I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. … I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible.
During my purge/minimizing I often shuffled my stuff around to get it unstuck in my mind as “a collection.”
My bookshelves, recently literally over-flowing, started having spaces.
And then the light broke through the wall of stuff and there it was.
An empty shelf.
The desire and temptation to fill that shelf was immense. I had put space at such a premium in my office that it seemed obscene to leave a whole shelf not serving a purpose.
So I gave it a purpose.
I intentionally left the shelf open so it could be a reminder of things to come.
Space. Clarity. Openness.
What would that shelf hold? A treasured object that has been lost in the noise? A new spot for my new interest in records?
That shelf became a symbol of my plan and journey.
Removing the clutter to get to a place I had room for something new to enter.
Sometimes you have to make your life like an empty shelf. When a space opens up, don’t rush to fill it.
Let the dust settle first.