Reflection: Sifting Through the Detritus of Life

There's a pile of paperwork on my home office desk. It's receipts, various correspondence, business related documents and more... that needs to be sorted and filed.

It's not nearly as pretty as the usual pictures of flowers and nature, is it?


It is an almost inevitable reality in my life that "stuff like this" tends to pile up until it becomes a monstrous task to deal with.

It got me to thinking about the fact that the boring and unpleasant things across a very wide spectrum of human existence tends to be those that get swept under the rug until they become so huge and menacing that they are almost impossible to deal with.

I suppose we all have our rationalizations and excuses for why we let things that annoy us slide... and I sincerely admire those who seem able to stay on top of everything, all the time!


Most people tend to "accumulate" one thing or another, even if they are not what the field of psychology defines as "hoarders."

Even those who might think of themselves as "minimalists" can discover that they "collect" things that aren't necessarily physical, like maybe adventures, of experiences, or friends.

Somehow, this things offer us a measure of comfort and reassurance at some point... until we wake up one day and discover that they have taken on weight and become a burden of sorts.

Recently, I have become aware that the boxes in my closet and the piles of paper on my desk are moving from simply being to-do's to being more burden-like.


So — with some reluctance — I set other things aside today, and started filing paperwork.

Later, I pointed to a fairly random box in that walk-in closet in my office and pulled it out to start sorting. It's going to take a long time to get it all done, but I try to remind myself that it took many years to create all these "piles," so it may take some years to UN-create them, as well.

It just has to be done.

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your week!

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Created at 20211020 21:49 PDT


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