Unsubscribe

Spent this weekend unsubscribing from a bunch of emails I had been getting. Feels good. Kind of like pruning.

As a New Years resolution, I want to focus on unsubscribing from a lot of things — both online and offline — that clutter up my life and distract me from what is truly important. There’s junk email, certainly, then TV, then junk food. But I also want to unsubscribe from negative and petty thoughts and negative and petty people. It’s easy to wallow in irksomeness, but how valuable is that? Not much. Just junk emotions.

Sometimes, to be who you want to be, you have to pare back.

What should you unsubscribe from?

And having done that, what have you discovered about yourself that you subscribe to?

Atentional

I am heading this morning to a budget meeting. If nothing else, budget meetings are full of intentions. Plans, Analysis, Forecasts, Strategies, Objectives, Tactics. Everything is triple-checked and rehearsed. All of this is necessary. We need … [Continue reading]

Graduation Day

I had a son once, named Alex. My wife and I were excited that a son was on his way and we could not help telling everyone. My wife’s mother even knitted a Christmas stocking, inscribed “Alex”, in preparation. My sister was also happy for us, but … [Continue reading]

Fear

wiresandcables

We have in our house a large basket of computer, phone, ipod and other cables. When we need to charge something and we can't find the cable, we have to hunt through the basket. It's a daunting task. We really don't know what half these cables are … [Continue reading]

Wallpaper Blues

I've spent the past two weekends removing wallpaper from our living room. The living room is one of two remaining rooms with wallpaper and this process is part of my new year's resolution to be more proactive around the house.  Of course, I wasn't as … [Continue reading]

The Uninvited

I think one of the reasons that the holidays bring both joy and stress to our lives is that it is the one time of the year when even the Scroogest of us finds some kernal of emotion to chew on for a few months. Some of those emotions are based on … [Continue reading]