I've been looking at simplifying my life lately & yesterday I sat at my computer desk in my office for a good ten minutes & just looked around at what I have on it; here's what I saw:
- a desktop pc w/ monitor & speakers
- a laptop w/ external monitor & keyboard
- various pictures of family
- various precision screwdrivers
- various & sundry decks of playing cards
- various & sundry sizes of paper clips
- various & sundry usb cables
- a pocket pc
- my wacom tablet
- keys that go to something
- a used sheet of sandpaper
- various Bibles
- velcro strips
- new & used batteries, mixed
- new & used ink cartridges, mixed
- floppy drives (yes, the old ones)
- hard drives
- box of coffee
- box of hot chocolate mix
- various & sundry pens, markers & highlighters
- various & sundry golf tees
- practice golf ball
- cork foosball
- various folders
- various rulers
- guitar picks
- my long lost checkbook
- work gloves
- scooby-doo figurine
- automotive touch up car paint
- 3 wooden alphabet letters
- various & sundry music theory books
- box of gauze
- a worn copy of “macbeth”
- playing darts
- a block of wood
I said to myself, “Self, this is a mess; how did I let it get to this point?”.
Lately I've been researching “minimalistic pc setup” & I do believe that's the route I should go.
Sometimes we just need to come to the point where we realize it's imperative to remove the extraneous, the distractions & just focus.
Jesus broke it down to “Love God & your neighbor”.
Paul broke it down to “Jesus Christ & Him crucified”.
You've heard the creed “To know Him & make Him known”.
That's simplicity in it's purest, most raw form. None of these minimize the message but they all take a minimalistic approach because sometimes the human mind just needs it broken down into basics.
Getting back to my computer desk let's just get real & practical about this: what do I do w/ all this junk? I was thinking about it & ran across the “10 Things Challenge”. If you don't know what this is I'll tell you: Every week, for 52 weeks, go through your stuff & find 10 things to either throw away or give away; it's that simple. At the end of one year, you've [hopefully] removed 520 items from your home & out of your way.
It's time I started removing the junk & distractions, not just from my desk but from every area of my life ~