Finishing Things

In the past two weeks I have managed to empty seven drawers.

In the past two weeks I have managed to empty seven drawers.

“The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

How many things have you finished lately? How many half finished projects do you have in your life labeled “For when I have time.”

Right now I am making a Herculean effort to clean out the fifteen huge file cabinets in my office. Some of the materials are forty years old and have not been touched for decades. Most of it could be just dumped and no doubt the world would be a better place without it but whenever I go into those files I get caught up in that pleasurable practice of walking down memory lane. In the past two weeks I have managed to empty seven drawers. Yes, I have weeded it down to eight drawers and I just bet you that if I could weed out all of the duplication I could cut it down to six files but that weeding process could take days and possibly weeks. Always I find roadblocks with material I just must read and enjoy and remember. There are some heartbreaks too. Some dreams that never materialized. Some memories of friends who are gone now.

I plan to stick with this weeding job though. I know I will never just find the time, still I must make the time and thank goodness there is much joy to be found in these efforts.

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