I don’t own much, but I have a lot to live for.
And so do you. But you know this already.
That’s why I’m trying a new experiment next month. I’m going to clear my damn plate—a phrase my mother used to use with vigor—and focus on one thing at a time (i.e., place one thing on my empty plate at a time).
There is little-to-no physical clutter in my life, but I still get stressed out sometimes; I get stressed out by self-imposed deadlines, by other people’s expectations, by my own standards of supposed accomplishment, by constant interruptions that I can control.
I am in control, just as you are in control. We must remember that. This is my life, I am in charge, and I have the freedom to do what I want.
So next month I’m going to clear my plate, and I’m going to do only one thing at a time. All the time. I’m not going to take my computer with me when I want to read a book or exercise or visit a friend. I’m not going to check my phone when I’m eating a meal with someone. I’m not going to brush my teeth while I browse through email.
I’m going to be in the moment. If I’m on Twitter, then I’ll give my full attention to Twitter, not the other way around. If I’m reading a book, I’ll read a book. If I’m writing, I will write. If I’m interacting with you, I’ll interact with you, uninterrupted.
I will live my life, one moment at a time.
The moments of our lives deserve our full attention. So let’s give our lives the attention they deserve and start living a more meaningful life, one that we love.
Care to join me? Want to clear your damn plate for a month?