Lately I’ve been thinking about how similar waste, fat, excess material possessions and debt are. They’re all a form of drag, asking for our energy to move them along through life. Everything you add to the whole, requires additional energy to sustain, until there is not enough energy and you fall behind and accumulate more that necessary. This process compounds, so that the more there this, the higher entropy state requires additional energy to sustain.
I cleaned out my house recently and I got to see how many things I was dragging along. There were unfinished projects, books and curriculum I intended to learn someday, papers not sorted, articles not read. I approached this cluttering with a lot more strictness. Storage space is a luxury in the Bunch House. My time is also becoming increasingly more precious.
I had a couple projects that were waiting to be done. There were also hours of maintenance that would eventually be necessary to keep my things organized, fixed, clean and usable. Each thing was a commitment that would continue to require my time and attention if it was to remain under my guardianship. I felt like my life was already lived, each of my perfect beach days and lazy Saturdays, already promised to something. It made letting things go a relief. Every thing I let go was once less thing to think about and it freed up time for what matters to me now.