This week a friend of mine called to ask whether I had remembered he was still storing two boxes for me in his garage.
“Really? What’s in them?”
It was a bit of dumb and reactionary question from me. Of course he didn’t know. It was a revealing response however, since obviously I couldn’t remember what was in them and whatever it was, I hadn’t missed either.
I was immediately reminded of Graham Hill, a writer and designer who believes that a keen ability to edit one’s life will be one of the most important skills to master this century.
Earlier this year he created a fascinating design competition called LifeEdited.
Watch this short 5 min video where he covers the project at the TED conference.
As you do, give some thought to your own life and whether yours can do with further editing too.
While Hill’s project focused on editing living space, life editing has far wider implications as he suggests in the video.
Over the years I have edited mine in many ways – By example: gone is the bigger than necessary house, car I hardly ever used and clothes I thought I’d wear one day soon.
My music is all digitized; I only use a laptop computer and never do food shopping for more than a few days in advance.
There were a few relationships that had to go too and yet… I still had two boxes … and who knows what else is lurking around that I’ve forgotten.
Most of us could be far more ruthless than we are with our edits which is why we are always ready to do more editing.
What are the benefits of an edited life?
One of the concerns people have about life editing is that they think they will have to compromise, do without and settle for less. We are so conditioned in thinking that the bigger, faster and more we have, the happier we will be. Quite the opposite is the reality though.
When you clear the clutter and that which is packed away and never used, you make space. Not only physical space but inner space too. Releasing your need to collect and hang on to whatever it is you do, frees you to find your inner security. It helps you to feel lighter, more focused and happier.
Remember smaller and less does not have to mean inferior or scarcity. Quite often products and a life designed for compact living is based on quality, innovation and better functionality.
Have you edited your life significantly? How? What benefits have you enjoyed as a result?
Where could you do with some more editing in your life?
What are you going to do about it?
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