Among my usual relatively "long" list of resolutions (well, long to those afraid of making a promise to themselves to be better) "less" is the one thing I am striving for most.
Less bullshit in my life.
This should go without saying, but I'll elaborate:
Less "crap" - In the house. In my life.
Less "stuff" - Collecting dust, cluttering my space, effing with my chi.
I spent sevral hours over the rainy weekend consolidating my external hard drives. I won't tell you the actual number cause I'm still seething over it. But I was sifting through file after file, deleting the unnecessary, organizing things I felt were important at them time, only to delete them because they really have no importance.
Less wasting time like it's unlimited.
This regards my internet addiction. It's really, for the most part a "time-filler" when I'm home vegging out. It got to the point where it became a substitute friend in a way. It's easy to get into a routine. Come home, plug in, tune out.
I don't have the cell phone problem... you know what I'm talking about. The need to have a phone attached to a body part at all hours of the day. Think in utero like an umbilical cord. It's not a life line people! In most cases, how many of us are really that busy where we need to be available at all hours of the day? The only people I can think of right now would be doctors, police officers, and others' working hard to protect the country.
I wonder how many people can remember a time where we communicated "normally," directly to each other, face-to-face. Think long and hard because it was about +/- 10 years ago. About 10 years ago, many of us sported pagers. Response time wasn't instant. You had to run to the nearest pay phone in most cases to return a call. You know what I'm talking about! :P
Once upon time, folks used to hand write letters. People used to remember your birthday because they wrote the date down and they used to send a paper birthday card. I'm not knocking technology, I absolutely embrace it and benefit regularly from it, but I recognize when I need less of something.
Less "pretending" which equates to less "acting" on my part.
Less dealing with nonsense.
I've reached a point in my life where again, my value system has changed. It comes with age, right? Well... one would hope. I recognize I need less. I crave simplicity. This was clearly evident in 2009. I won't elaborate, but if I throw out the word "recession" I'm sure you'd get the drift. I operated on far less than I had the year before. Because I needed to? No, because I could. I just did.
On the flip side, I'm all about balance.
So if I need less of a few things, that has to mean I will need more of something else...
Oh, and less long posts.
If you are like me, you tune out after the first few lines anyway. I will master the art of being succinct. I swear!