Do One Thing

March 14th, 2010

Do you ever get driven to distraction by your inability to follow though on anything? Distraction is the water I swim in lately, but in one of the many books on writing, resistance and change that I’ve been reading, I found a good piece of advice: Pick one thing and do it. Doesn’t it sound simple verging on simpleton? Not for me. I obsess about everything, which keeps me in a constant spin. The spare room is still a mess, my bedroom doesn’t induce calm or serenity, and I keep accumulating piles of things that don’t ¬†get put away, dealt with or thrown away. So yesterday I picked one thing that needed to be done in my life and did it. My books have been making me crazy, with stacks of them covering the coffee table, spilling out of the bedside table, rising in teetery towers up available walls. I spent most of the day filling bags with books I want to give away and then shelving what was left. Just getting them off the floor and every other available surface made me feel I’d take a small step toward clarity. I know there are even more titles I need to let go of, but I’ve made a good beginning. The key for me was not getting diverted by a postcard I might find in an old book or siting down to read a page I’d marked with a sticky note. I’m easily diverted and tend to leave projects midway through. Admittedly, I did I hare off to try and replace a bathroom faucet at one point in this literary mayhem, but luckily I didn’t have the right screwdriver and was forced back to my main task. “Do one thing” is my new Zen-ish mantra.

5 Responses to “Do One Thing”

  1. Whoa ~ I recognize most all of these titles, they are in a stack at my place! Whats up with that?

    My sweet little neighbor guy came over to ask if he could use my computer to file his unemployment for the week and I was so embarassed by how messy everything was. This guy must think I’m a slob.

    Ok, ok, if you can do it , so can I.

  2. Diane says:

    I just love the sight of all those books lined up! I find it enormously soothing just looking at them. And I like the simplicity of “Do one thing.” I want to “do one thing” and have it come out looking like that lovely, clean line of books. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Oh, I’d love to spend a weekend with that shelf of books, some of which I have already.

    I have been flogging myself for all my unfinished business as well, but mostly I am tired of constantly striving for SOMETHING, for the negative scripts I allow to circulate in my head on an endless loop, for the things I don’t follow through on and the fact that I don’t honor who I am.

    It’s Monday. A fresh start for all of us.

  4. nikki says:

    If only I would use a few of those books now!

  5. Sallie says:

    Okay, when do you want me to come over and purge??? I am a master at chunking it all! No regrets – no look back!

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