I’ve been thinking a lot lately, okay for at least the last few weeks, about accumulation.
it’s because it is the season for accumulating. Maybe it’s the boxes
and boxes... and boxes and boxes... and boxes and boxes...
And did I mention boxes? … of Christmas stuff Netter puts up to decorate each year.
(I like to tease her, but the truth is I really love the holiday decor. Shhh... don’t tell her. ;-)
It might be the lists that propagate this time of year. Grocery lists, guest lists, gift lists, lists for Santa and the like
it is because it’s that time of year when we all get together with our
families, when we are reminded of our roots, of things that we learned
as kids, traditions, stories, the evolution of ourselves, likes,
dislikes, new likes, new dislikes... and you know … the like.
(last time, I promise)
some one supposes a little more inventory is taken when we are inside
all winter. Perhaps we notice more the number of material possessions
we, (Hey, I’m saying we. Go with it.) tend to gather to our nests. Boxes
upon boxes, closet full upon closet full, drawer upon drawer, pile on
the desk upon pile on the desk.
me it could be based on observing our oldest K, home from her first
quarter at school, bringing with her a large accumulation of laundry
among other things. How did she fit all that in that dorm room?
But I digress...
I think about all of this stuff I wonder how it all comes together,
seemingly without our knowing it is even happening. A lifetime of
experience, and junk all rolled into one... Or do we know? Do we choose
to ignore the stuff? Do we embrace the stuff?
I’m talking about some important stuff here.
It’s not always a bad thing - At our MJB Foundation board
meeting last week I remarked that we had never really had a “business
plan, “ that we had sort of hodged and podged and cut and pasted and put
it altogether without ever really planning on what was happening next.
Outside of our events we’re not always sure what’s happening, what’s
going on... from one moment to the next and while some of that is
circumstance the fact remains that we are still helping kids, helping
children experience the JOY of childhood. Don’t get me wrong, we are
trying to find better ways, to plan better, to streamline and regulate,
but while not knowing is sometimes frustrating it doesn’t take away from
the fact that we have done some good along the way, and we should
celebrate that success even as we try and improve for the future.
there area also times when the junk piles up, when the stuff is
overwhelming, when we don’t want to go, or don’t want to relate, or
don’t want to deal with that... at least not right now.
Still you have to get there somehow....
again, how does this stuff get here? How did it manage to accumulate
without us even noticing? Does life go so fast, do the years fly by so
quickly that we can manage to miss so much even when we think we are
taking note of everything? Or did we notice after all?
Is it poor planning, good planning, a mistake, a success?
not assigning a value here. I’m really just wondering... How does it
all come together, how do we ease the flow, stem the change (charge?),
let loose the tide...
wait, that’s another blog post - or is it? (Did I mix up my metaphors?)
Are we perhaps more in control than we realize? I mean, I know I make
my own decisions.
Right Honey? ;-)
Seriously, I suspect we all have stuff, at least to a varying degree...
I wonder what might happen, how it would look, if we took it all away?
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