RESULTS OF LAST WEEK’S POLL ON THE 80/20 RULE
The vast majority of you, over 60%, have heard of the 80/20 rule, believe it works and have or will apply the rule.
A large number of you, 25%, had never heard of the rule; so I am glad something new has been brought to your attention whether or not you care to make use of it.
And around 12% of you don’t believe it works.
THIS WEEK’S THEME: DISCARD
I was reading the April 20th edition of USA Today and in the Money section of the paper, there was an interesting article on de-cluttering, plus this season is noted for Spring Cleaning, so this week’s theme is on discarding.
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
A teacher, a garbage collector, and a lawyer were told by Saint Peter that to get into Heaven, they would each have to answer one question.
Saint Peter asked the teacher, “What was the name of the ship that crashed into the iceberg? They just made a movie about it.”
The teacher answered, “Titanic.”
Saint Peter let her through the gate.
Next, Saint Peter turned to the garbage man thinking Heaven didn’t really need all the odors that this guy would bring with him, so Saint Peter decided to make the question a little harder. Saint Peter asked, “How many people died on the ship?”
The garbage man, having recently seen the movie and answered, “about 1,500.”
“That’s right! You may enter.”
Saint Peter then turned to the lawyer, “Name them.”
BRIEF COMMENTS RELATED TO THE WEEKLY CHAPTERS IN:
WEEK 22: DISCARD – REDUCE CLUTTER IN YOUR LIFE
Clutter is the enemy of the extraordinary person. You have to learn to let go of material objects, ideas, memories and sometimes people that are stopping you from being the person you want to become.
It is easy to acquire so many material objects, that you can’t find what you are looking for and have to buy it again. You may have so much paper laying around that a important bill gets lost and you have to pay a late fee.
When young, we are sometimes programmed to think in certain ways. As we grow older and learn more about the world or society changes, these old ways of thinking just hold us back from experiencing all the wonder the world is offering us.
As for memories, some inspire us, but others just sadden us. If we live in our memories, we will neglect the opportunities of the presence.
As for people, as we evolve and grow; some of the people in our lives will feel we are betraying them. They may become jealous of the new and extraordinary life we are creating for ourselves by getting an education or training, giving up bad habits, accepting a promotion, etc.
SELF-HELP BOOKS IN ADDITION TO MY OWN
As I’ve mentioned before, I would never suggest a book if I had not read it and found value in it. This week’s recommendation has some good tips on clearing clutter.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
As with books, I also never suggest a movie I have not watched at least one time, if not more. I think this week’s movie will give you a good appreciation of the value of all those material objects you have spent your life accumulating.
QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“When every possession is special,
none of them are.”
Source: Kathi Lipp
THIS WEEK’S POLL
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4 thoughts on “05/04/15 – DISCARD”
I would say that ridding myself of useless clutter is, at this point in my life, my most urgent mission! Like body weight, it’s easy to pack on, and difficult to unload!
Mary Ellen thank you for commenting and yes clutter is difficult to unload.
At this age my clutter seems to be mounting in the form of post-it notes. Thanks for keeping me thinking Bill!
Marlene, I wish my clutter was just post-it-notes. I try to toss or give away something every day. Most days I’m successful, but not every day. When I’m searching for something to discard, I try walking into a room as a stranger looking around the very first time to see what no longer belongs in that room. Thank you for commenting.