I just spent a weekend with a hundred other women creating scrapbooks. I know, sounds like big fun. Actually, it was. You can see all the antics if you check out my Twitter feed (@CaraAchterberg). I live tweeted the entire event.
Every year when I attend this event, I wonder why I spend all these hours creating scrapbooks. What will it matter?
The books are big and bulky and groaning with my efforts. When I am in a nursing home someday, it will require two nurses to carry them to my bed so that I can look at them.
I don’t know what will happen to these books after I am gone, but I can’t worry about that. All I know is that when I think about what I will do if my house catches fire (I do think about this and so does every other mom when she is going through her worry-schtick), I think – the only thing (other than the kids, the hubby, the cats, and maybe the annoying little dog) that I have to get out of the house is my scrapbooks.
So they must matter.
Not every picture I take makes it into the scrapbooks. There are plenty of crummy pictures clogging up my hard drive. Yours, too, I’m sure.
I’ve made a decision.
There is no reason to hang on to bad pictures - out of focus, too dark, eyes closed, embarrassing, and especially the ones that make me look fat. I’m deleting them.
This is a big task, but I’ll feel better, lighter, when I know those images are gone. (But are they gone? I still don’t understand how you remove something from a computer without physically removing it. Where does it go?)
So this is my Live Intentionally Challenge for you this week – clean out the pictures on your hard drive and delete all the bad pictures.
Get rid of the fuzzy ones, the ones that make you feel bad about yourself, the ones that would embarrass someone. There is no reason to hold on to these images. Delete. Delete. Delete.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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