And so, emboldened by spring cleaning I began to tackle my
cupboard study (you really couldn’t swing a cat in here).
For years I have had old college notes and essays stored in files. I kept them thinking they might one day come in useful and you know what? They never did….
Information imbibed, forgotten or rejected- a stack of notes over 70cm tall once it had been taken out of the folders. In terms of lecture time/preperation time etc it must have represented over 2000 hours work.
Initially there was some regret, but mostly I just feel freedom. There is only so much time that you can hold on to stuff before the holding on weighs you down so much so that you stop noticing the present and looking for the future. Next year I may be prepared to discard 20 years worth of sermons.
Travelling through life more lightly feels so much more liberating. I may soon be able to swing a very small cat in here, or at least able to take it for a waltz.