The other morning I thought I’m editing my life. And immediately thought, exactly like editing a book. I’m taking out what doesn’t work or serve, keeping what supports the structure of my life.
I’d just cleared small piles of papers I let accumulate around the house in everyday living. Cleaned screens and windows I intended to clean when I moved into my sweet home months ago. It led me to straighten the storage area in the garage and start to sort through boxes I brought across country, consider what stays and what goes. I know stuff will go. It’s here simply because I had no brain cells or energy left for decisions by the time those boxes got packed. All decisions reduced down to expediency.
I wiped the dust from the lids of the plastic bins I bought, will make those decisions as I transfer things for safe keeping from mice and whatever. As I consider how I’m constructing my life, aka story.
This whittling down to what truly adds value for me comes after four major downsizes in five years. Final edits before I fill in what I’m building now.
I do have a short inventory of what will flesh out my home. A small bookcase, narrow bench for the portal, mulch and large pots for flowers to make my moonscape yard inviting. The additions in the yard not simply for beauty, which is important to me, but a landscape I’m building. Important details.
I know feng shui, and I’m creating flow. I know interiors and design, have been a visual artist, and I’m choosing the elements for the whole.
Our life in the real world is our creative life. We edit it as we edit any work we write. We use the same rules. Editing is a creative process as much as anything we build or generate.
It was uncanny how my activities this week were such a blatant reflection of that editing process. Right after I announced to the world how much I love editing written works.
- Notice the story a closet or the landscape around you tells.
- What important details do you pay attention to when editing, either in life or your writing?
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