This is a part of a 31 day writing prompt series called Reverb 11 <– click to see the entire prompt list and join in.
What goals did you achieve?
Goals? Wait didn’t we just talk about goals? Oh yeah it was projects we reverbed about not goals. Hmmmm. I had a couple of goals last year, problem is I didn’t write them down or if I did I can’t find where I did. Empirically you could say “uncluttering” was definitely NOT achieved in 2011.
At the end of the year a few of my friends and I have a tradition, we get together post holidays to have a burn & float party. For the past few years I have written down the things I wanted to say goodbye to (burn) as well as the things I welcomed into my life (float). I checked the journal, 2011 is blank. 2010 I wished away the same things that plague me today, debt, feelings of resentment, too much time spent online. I wanted to bring in to my life financial stability, a stronger blog readership, dining room furniture (its a running joke in my family) and a deeper level of connection with my kids, I think I simply needed to lower my expectations. I then went on to list all of these things that were sitting in my living room ‘waiting’ to be dealt with. There was an unopened sewing machine, a vintage train case, my husbands Naval uniform, ski clothes, an old computer, speakers, a bed frame and a broken espresso machine just to name a few. I did get rid of all of that within a year and the living room was empty but clean last Christmas.
This year the ‘stuff’ is occupying the living room by 20%. I realize this is a red flag. I am ‘supposed’ to be working on and instead I am writing about it. Hmmmm. Is that my problem? Why am I letting the clutter creep back in? What purpose does that have and more importantly what is it covering up besides my floor? Dr. Phil is need a house call.
This year I will burn and float and I really don’t want to come back here in a year and see that I listed the same goals and achieved none of them.
No more Groundhog Day.
and no more driving angry. (1:36)